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    Usage of verb "Be" with A and B

    Dear, Teacher.

    Today, I and my co-worker are very confused with using verb be.
    For example,

    1) I and my co-worker are ~~~~.(plural)
    2) TV and Radio are ~~~~~~~~.(plural)
    3) Milk and water is ~~~~~~~~.(singular)

    1,2,3 are correct?
    Please explain usage of verb "Be" when it follows And.


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    Re: Usage of verb "Be" with A and B

    1. My co-worker and I are... (Do not say: I and my co-worker are...)
    2. TV and the radio are...
    3. Milk and water are...
    Last edited by Daruma; 04-Jun-2009 at 05:54.


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    Question Re: Usage of verb "Be" with A and B

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    1. My co-worker and I are... (Do not say:I and y co-worker are...)
    Could you please explain for me why we shouldn't use "I and my co-worker..."?
    Is it correct if I say "My co-worker and me..." or "Me and my co-worker..."?

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    Re: Usage of verb "Be" with A and B

    My co-worker and I are ...


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    Re: Usage of verb "Be" with A and B

    Could you also explain why "Milk and water are~~?" sentence is correct?
    Since, milk and water is uncountable noun, so that should we use a singlular form of verb Be? Please kindly explain.
    Thank you.

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    Re: Usage of verb "Be" with A and B

    Quote Originally Posted by coolwater View Post
    Could you also explain why "Milk and water are~~?" sentence is correct?
    Since, milk and water is uncountable noun, so that should we use a singlular form of verb Be? Please kindly explain.
    Thank you.
    I would say the sentence is correct because of the word "and". it make the sentence plural. if u're still confused with it..u can change :milk and water into they. so the sentence would be : they are....



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    Re: Usage of verb "Be" with A and B

    Mr Vu,

    We say "My co-worker and I are ... " because it is polite to put the other person first.

    You can tell that ""My co-worker and me..." or "Me and my co-worker..."? are incorrect because if you take out the other person you can't make a grammatically correct sentence with "Me..."

    So you can say "My co-worker and I are confused" but you can't say "My co-worker and me are confused" because if you take out the other person "Me is confused" doesn't make sense...

    Hope I haven't confused you!
    Val

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    Re: Usage of verb "Be" with A and B

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Vu View Post
    Could you please explain for me why we shouldn't use "I and my co-worker..."?
    Is it correct if I say "My co-worker and me..." or "Me and my co-worker..."?
    My co-worker and me.... or Me and my co-worker..... are both fine.


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    Re: Usage of verb "Be" with A and B

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

    Me is also sometimes used in very informal speech in place of I if the subject of a sentence has two parts that are connected by and.
    ▪ My brother and me went camping last weekend. = Me and my brother went camping last weekend.
    But in ordinary polite use, I is required in such sentences.
    ▪ My brother and I went camping last weekend.

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