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    is vs are

    Should the verb be in the singular or the plural?

    "His ambition and desire is stronger than ... "

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    Re: is vs are

    Quote Originally Posted by Lovelace View Post
    Should the verb be in the singular or the plural?

    "His ambition and desire is stronger than ... "
    It should be plural. "His ambition and desire" are two things.


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    Re: is vs are

    Quote Originally Posted by Lovelace View Post
    Should the verb be in the singular or the plural?

    "His ambition and desire is stronger than ... "
    Think of it this way

    John and Jim is/are strong.

    John and Jim = They

    so the answer would be : They are strong. or John and Jim are strong.


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    Re: is vs are

    it sould be are not is, because the sentence is plural not singular.

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    Re: is vs are

    i would say "are" but i have been hearing a lot of native speakers saying "is" in situations like this.

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    Wink Re: is vs are

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    i would say "are" but i have been hearing a lot of native speakers saying "is" in situations like this.
    Sometimes it's all about how you see the subject:
    Significant exploration and development is underway to exploit Australia's substantial gas resources.

    Here, exploration and developement are treated as a unit taking the singular form of the verb is.

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