Results 1 to 5 of 5
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland

    • Join Date: Aug 2016
    • Posts: 8
    #1

    Are vs is

    Hello,
    If we can choose only one option from the 2 mutually exclusive options, then are we allowed to use 'are'?
    e.g.
    You can become a king only if being crowned or crowning on your own are possible.

  1. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,103
    #2

    Re: Are vs is

    That's acceptable (to me). You could also say, "You can become a king only if either being crowned or crowning on your own is possible."
    "... only if X or Y is possible" is probably the most correct.
    "... only if one of either X or Y is possible."

    Your sentence sounds OK probably because they're not mutually exclusive. Both could be possible.
    "... only if either X or Y, or both, are possible."


    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,910
    #3

    Re: Are vs is

    I'd use crowning yourself rather than crowning on your own.

  2. Piscean's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Czech Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Jul 2015
    • Posts: 10,011
    #4

    Re: Are vs is

    I didn't even know what 'crowning on your own' meant.
    Last edited by Piscean; 09-Sep-2016 at 22:25. Reason: typo

  3. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,103
    #5

    Re: Are vs is

    Nor did I, so I ignored it.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •