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    is are question

    I have a line from something (a poem) I wrote that has been bothering me:

    Behind us is Riga and the sea; before us a great forest.

    Is this correct? Or should it be "are"?

    Thanks to anyone who helps with this.


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    Re: is are question

    Quote Originally Posted by hotspur View Post
    I have a line from something (a poem) I wrote that has been bothering me:

    Behind us is Riga and the sea; before us a great forest.

    Is this correct? Or should it be "are"?

    Thanks to anyone who helps with this.
    In poems, sometimes grammar rules are bent for scansion or rhythm. However, here I think the writer is envisaging "Riga and the sea" as a single concept.


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    Re: is are question

    Thank you for your time on this Anglika. That is what I had in mind when I wrote it. No one (other poets) ever dinged me in the workshops, but it's gnawed at me. However, my wife countered with a reversal "Riga and the sea are behind us." Anyway, the single concept was the peg I was looking for (but dídn't know what to call it).

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