Is or are

When deciding whether to use is or are, look at whether the noun is plural or singular. The word Is is used when a subject is singular, and Are is used when a subject is plural. Either Kiana or Casey is helping today with stage decorations. As a general rule, use a plural verb with two or more subjects when they are connected by and.

Would I use is or are in the following sentence? The Pohutakawa Coast, Hauraki Gulf, and Waiheke Island is/are the backdrop for our day. Linking verbs can either be plural or singular and they must agrees with the subject of the sentence.

When deciding which of the helping verbs is and are to use look at whether the noun is plural or singular. If the noun is singular use is, if it is plural or there . Which is correct: ‘a number of people is’ or ‘a number of people are’ – or are they both acceptable in standard English? Some indefinite pronouns — such as all, some — are singular or plural depending on what they’re referring to.

Is the thing referred to countable or not? It’s a word we use every day here on the Datablog – but are we getting it completely wrong? When two or more singular nouns or pronouns are connected by or or.