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    #1

    is or are?

    Hello, teachers:
    The milk and juice ____40 dollars.
    Should I say " is "or "are "?
    I think I should choose are because it means two different food.

    Could you please confirm it ?
    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: is or are?

    Contemporary usage accepts both structurally, but the semantic implications may differ: 'is' suggests that the milk and juice are to be considered an indivisible unit whose joint cost is the amount specified. 'Are' - a little unnatural, if grammatically unexceptionable - might be taken as referring to the individual cost of each of the two items (and would therefore probably best be avoided).

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