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    #1

    Is or Are?

    Hello
    Can you tell me please which one is correct to say

    Pergnancy and delivery are risky.
    or
    Pergnancy and delivery is risky.

    I guess the first one is correct because we talk about two things so we have to use are.Right?

    Thanks alot.


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    #2

    Re: Is or Are?

    are


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    #3

    Re: Is or Are?

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    are
    But native speakers don't use 'are' they use 'is'
    likewise they use 'does' instead of 'do' ,but why is that? when I talk about two things and more I have to use ' are,do,have',right?

    example:
    Love and peace doesn't exist
    or
    Love and peace don't exist

    Now which one is correct?


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    #4

    Re: Is or Are?

    'are' is the correct choice. Pregnancy and delivery is a compound subject and the conjoins do not refer to the same thing, thus the singular verb 'is' is not correct grammar.

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    #5

    Re: Is or Are?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marybeth View Post
    But native speakers don't use 'are' they use 'is'
    likewise they use 'does' instead of 'do' ,but why is that? when I talk about two things and more I have to use ' are,do,have',right?

    example:
    Love and peace doesn't exist
    or
    Love and peace don't exist

    Now which one is correct?
    There may well be native speakers who use 'is' instead of 'are' and 'does' instead of 'do', in fact I am sure that there are. It doesn't make it right.


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    Re: Is or Are?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It doesn't make it right.

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    #7

    Re: Is or Are?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marybeth View Post
    Hello
    Can you tell me please which one is correct to say

    Pergnancy and delivery are risky.
    or
    Pergnancy and delivery is risky.

    I guess the first one is correct because we talk about two things so we have to use are.Right?

    Thanks alot.
    You are quite right in your assumption!
    #1 is correct.


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    #8

    Re: Is or Are?

    Thanks a lot to all of you.
    I have got it.

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