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    When I write "Two, three and four put together" is it singular or plural? In other words, do I write "Two, three and four put together is" or "Two, three and four put together are"?

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    Re: singular or plural

    Quote Originally Posted by VIPIN View Post
    When I write "Two, three and four put together" is it singular or plural? In other words, do I write "Two, three and four put together is" or "Two, three and four put together are"?
    Hi VIPIN,

    It depends what you are trying to say, for example;

    "Two, three and four put together are numbers in a series".

    "Two, three and four put to together is a series of numbers".

    or indeed;

    "Two, three and four put together in series make 234".

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    Re: singular or plural

    Two,three and four put together is...correct.

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    Re: singular or plural

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Hi VIPIN,

    It depends what you are trying to say, for example;

    "Two, three and four put together are numbers in a series".

    "Two, three and four put to together is a series of numbers".

    or indeed;

    "Two, three and four put together in series make 234".
    I think rj1948 was considering a fourth possible meaning: 'The sum of 2, 3 and 4 is 9' or - in other words - the value of the expression "2 + 3 + 4" is 9. If you make the sentence have a singular subject the answer to your question is obvious:

    Quote Originally Posted by rj1948 View Post
    Two,three and four put together is...correct.
    However, a lot of native speakers would say either - particularly very young children who chant "2 and 3 make 5". And with the increasing use of calculators in schools (, but that's another story ) people are reaching adulthood with an infantile grasp of elementary maths.

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    Re: singular or plural

    Thanks BobK. I got it.


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    Re: singular or plural

    May I now slightly modify the question to make it clearer.
    Which of the following two is right?
    "India, Russia and China put together produce"
    or
    "India, Russia and China put together produces"

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    Re: singular or plural

    Hi VIPIN

    1. India, Russia and China put together produce...
    2. India, Russia and China put together produces...

    These three countries produce...
    As a group they produce...
    Put together, they produce...


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