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    is or are

    Dear teachers,

    Could you read the following examples and tell me which of them is right and which wrong? I think all of them are right.

    Two and two is four.
    Six minus four is two.
    Twenty divided by five equals four.
    Twice two is four.
    Twice two are four.

    Could you say me why by the multiplication the predicate may be in the singular or in the plural?

    Thank you in advance for your efforts.

    V.


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    Re: is or are

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Could you read the following examples and tell me which of them is right and which wrong? I think all of them are right.

    Two and two is four.
    Six minus four is two.
    Twenty divided by five equals four.
    Twice two is four.
    Twice two are four.

    Could you say me why by the multiplication the predicate may be in the singular or in the plural?

    Thank you in advance for your efforts.

    V.
    The singular is used in all cases so the last one is incorrect.

    Twice two is four or two times two is four.
    Fifty times ten is five hundred.

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    Re: is or are

    Hi Naamplao,

    Openly we both ( you and I) read from different books.

    In the first four examples the the both numbers perform the part of a group of number, in view of the predicate is in singular, but in the last examples, there are twice groups of numbers, in view of the predicate is in singular.

    Steady! Depending on your faultless acumen and exceptional experience, I agree with your opinion regarding this case.

    Thank you for your attention.

    V.

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