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    Is or Are?

    I am getting grammartically confused with this sentence:

    Standing at the second position is/are England and Brazil

    I think that IS should be used in this case because "Standing at the second position" = Singular + IS

    Are may be accpeptable in this case or not?

    It is much better when writing: England and Brazil are standing at the second position.

    Can you give me your kind explanations?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Is or Are?

    Quote Originally Posted by Conan Doyle View Post
    I am getting grammartically confused with this sentence:

    Standing at the second position is/are England and Brazil

    I think that IS should be used in this case because "Standing at the second position" = Singular + IS

    Are may be accpeptable in this case or not?

    It is much better when writing: England and Brazil are standing at the second position.

    Can you give me your kind explanations?

    Thanks in advance!
    Disclaimer: I'm not a teacher.

    This is an inversion.
    If you put it back into normal order, you will get the answer:
    England and Brazil are standing at the second position > Standing at the second position are England and Brazil.

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    Re: Is or Are?

    Quote Originally Posted by Conan Doyle View Post
    I am getting grammartically confused with this sentence:

    Standing at the second position is/are England and Brazil

    I think that IS should be used in this case because "Standing at the second position" = Singular + IS

    Are may be accpeptable in this case or not?

    It is much better when writing: England and Brazil are standing at the second position.

    Can you give me your kind explanations?

    Thanks in advance!


    I agree with Albertino. If you want to use a singular verb ,you have to change something in the sentence . It should sound:
    Standing at the second position is England or Brazil.

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