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    is or are

    He has a pair of shoes that is / are expensive.

    Which verb in bold should I use?

    Many thanks.

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    #2

    Re: is or are

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    He has a pair of shoes that is / are expensive.

    Which verb in bold should I use?

    Many thanks.
    You should use "is" if you mean the pair of shoes. If you use only the word "shoes" "are" will be correct. For example: His shoes are expensive. This pair of shoes is made in Italy.


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    Re: is or are

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    He has a pair of shoes that is / are expensive.

    Which verb in bold should I use?

    Many thanks.
    You must use 'is',because here a pair is countable and it is singular.
    a pair of shoes is singular.
    'two pairs of shoes' is plural.
    some more examples: A packet of tea, three packets of tea, a lof of bread,
    two loaves of bread, a carton of milk, a kilo of sugar etc....

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