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    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.

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    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."


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    Re: Are vs is

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

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    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

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    Re: Are vs is

    Nor did I, so I ignored it.

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