Re: IS or ARE

Subject: Re: IS or ARE
From: Phil03 <philstokes03 -at- googlemail -dot- com>
To: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 12:07:42 +0700

It's not that either are wrong, it's a matter of connotation and context.

Look, both 1 & 2 are correct:

1
Q: How many months of X do you give?
A: n months of X are given.

2.
Q. How much Y do you give
A: n months of Y is given

Substitute what you like for X and Y, the verb has to answer to 'much' or 'many' to be correct (i.e,, are you dealing with a singular quantity or a countable number).

In

'Two months of free service is given' the subject (pace Richard) is 'free service', not two months because this makes no sense stated barely and without context:

'Two months are given.'
'Eh? What are we talking about?'

But this does make sense with no context, and invites further questions:

'Free service is given.'
'Free service for what? And = for how long?'
'Free service on you Z, and for two months'.
=

Two months of free service (on Z) is given.


Phil
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On 25 Jul 2012, at 11:48, Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca> wrote:

> Yabbut, based on the examples Phil gave:
>
> Two months is enough time for the free service given, but
>
> Two months of free service are provided to existing customers.
>
> "Is" in the latter case is wrong.
>
> -Tony
>
>
>
> On 2012-07-24, at 9:06 PM, Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
>
>> I checked with Mr. Grammar (my stepbrother) who was an advisor on McGraw Hill grammar books.
>>
>> Phil is right on, so the answer in this context is "is".
>>
>> (Reminds my of a certain POTUS during impeachment hearings...) ;^)
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References:
IS or ARE: From: John Posada
Re: IS or ARE: From: Keith Mahoney
Re: IS or ARE: From: Peter Neilson
Re: IS or ARE: From: Phil03
Fwd: IS or ARE: From: Chris Morton
Re: IS or ARE: From: Tony Chung

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