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    is versus are

    Which is correct in a list--is or are?
    Businesses are able to recruit new employees to their town if there is affordable housing, good schools, and child care.
    Businesses are able to recruit new employees to their town if there are affordable housing, good schools, and child care.

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    Re: is versus are

    I use is, but native speakers of English may prove me wrong.
    However, I cannot say that are is incorrect. It's just not my way to say it.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: is versus are

    You'll hear both. I would say "are" because there ARE more than one factor affecting hiring. But it's not a big deal.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: is versus are

    I'd say 'is', as 'affordable housing' is singular. If 'good schools' came first in the list, I'd say 'are'.

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    #5

    Re: is versus are

    Well, Rebecca, aren't you glad you asked?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: is versus are

    She hasn't clicked Thank or Like yet.

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    Re: is versus are

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    You'll hear both. I would say "are" because there ARE more than one factor affecting hiring. But it's not a big deal.
    I would have said "There is more than one factor" or "There are ​three factors.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    I would have said "There is more than one factor" or "There are ​three factors.
    Really? But if there are three, aren't there more than one?
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    #9

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Really? But if there are three, aren't there more than one?
    No. If there are three apples, there is more than one apple.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: is versus are

    With "more than", in BrE, whether the noun used is singular or plural dictates the use of "There is" or "There are".

    There is one apple.
    There is more than one apple.
    There are three apples.
    There are more than two apples.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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