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    #1

    Mary, John and everybody else is/are fine.

    Now, when we have either two or more than two third person singular nouns or pronounce in a single statement especially when we are using them as one subject, tell me if we should use "is" or "are"with them, and especially when one of those pronounces is "everybody".

    Mary, John and everybody else is fine.
    Mary, John and everybody else are fine.

    Interrogatives

    Is Mary, John and everybody else fine.
    Are Mary, John and everybody else fine.



    Well, to me if there were only Mary and John and not "everybody else" then "are" sounds more natural to my ears.

    Mary and John are fine. (correct)
    Mary and John is fine. (incorrect)


    Interrogatives
    Are Mary and John fine? (correct)
    Is Mary and John fine? (incorrect)


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    #2

    Re: Mary, John and everybody else is/are fine.

    You should use are in every case.

    It's not natural to ask if someone is "fine". Ask Is Mary okay? or choose another adjective to which Yes, she's fine is a possible response.
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    Re: Mary, John and everybody else is/are fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    You should use are in every case.

    It's not natural to ask if someone is "fine". Ask Is Mary okay? or choose another adjective to which Yes, she's fine is a possible response.
    Will this one work?
    Is Mary good?

    Give me an example of a couple more adjectives.

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    #4

    Re: Mary, John and everybody else is/are fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    Will this one work?
    Is Mary good?

    Give me an example of a couple more adjectives.
    You can ask Is Mary good? only if you're talking about morality: John and Mark are evil. Is Mary good? (I'm being facetious. You wouldn't really ask a question like that.)

    Ways to ask whether someone is well:

    Is Mary okay?
    Is she well?
    Is she doing all right?
    (informal)
    Is she feeling well/better?
    Has Mary recovered?

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    #5

    Re: Mary, John and everybody else is/are fine.

    I disagree. "Good" is often used that way.

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    #6

    Re: Mary, John and everybody else is/are fine.

    In AmE, it is. We're hearing it more and more in BrE but it's an AmE import.

    How are you?
    I'm [very] well.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Mary, John and everybody else is/are fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In AmE, it is. We're hearing it more and more in BrE but it's an AmE import.

    How are you?
    I'm [very] well.
    What is an American import, is it well or using "ver" with well?

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    #8

    Re: Mary, John and everybody else is/are fine.

    No, it's using 'good' to mean 'well'.
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    #9

    Re: Mary, John and everybody else is/are fine.

    I don't get this. "Good" is an adjective. "Well" is an adverb.

    I'm good.
    I'm DOING well.

    I don't get "I'm well" -- we don't use adverbs to modify nouns. Why is this considered correct?

    And while I'd say "I'm good" if someone asks "How are you?" I would not say "Is Mary good?"
    Is Mary doing okay?
    How has Mary been?
    How's Mary doing?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #10

    Re: Mary, John and everybody else is/are fine.

    'Well' in 'I am well' is an adjective. It means to be in good health. I'm sure you know this.

    It is the opposite of 'unwell'.
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