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    Cool makes or make

    What is the correct way to say/pronounce:
    36 + 12 =48

    Is it:

    a) Thirty-six and twelve makes forty-eight.

    OR

    b) Thirty-six and twelve make forty-eight.

    Should we use the singular or plural form of the verb "to make"?
    Many thanks in advance for your answer.

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    Re: makes or make

    Actually, in the U.S., we'd say "thirty-six plus twelve equals forty-eight."

    But we'd use the singular noun - it is essentially used to say "this forumual equals."

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    Re: makes or make

    Thanks for your reply.........

    I know that the word "make or makes" isn't a really good choice. The use of "equal / equals" ist by far the better choice. It was like that in an exercise, that's why I posted it with this word.

    You relaised that the important part of my question was if we have to use singular or plural of the verb.

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