Re: IS or ARE

Subject: Re: IS or ARE
From: Kathleen MacDowell <kathleen -dot- eamd -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Phil03 <philstokes03 -at- googlemail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 12:56:00 -0500

Thanks, Phil! I had just started thinking I should look up 'groups' in Chicago.

Or where did you find your reference?

Kathleen

On Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 9:12 PM, Phil03 <philstokes03 -at- googlemail -dot- com> wrote:
> On 25 Jul 2012, at 05:51, "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net> wrote:
>
>> The words "of free service" is a prepositional phrase modifying the subject of the sentence, "months" which is plural.
>>
>> It is are. Is is wrong.
>
>
> Not so fast there, Peter!
>
> Some expressions which refer to measurement or to amounts of time and money may be either singular or plural. When you want such expressions to mean items grouped together to form a single unit, use a singular verb. When you want such expressions to mean several separate items, use a plural verb. Compare these:
>
> One thousand dollars is too much to pay for a hair cut. (âone thousandâ is a single number)
>
> Two weeks is a long time in politics.
> (the time is meant to be understood as one period)
>
> Which is correct, 'is' or 'are' depends on whether the free service is one period or not. Can the months be separated? (I would think not, in this context) as in
>
> Use 'ARE' the situation is parallel to A:
>
> A, 4 hours are plenty for examinations (a 2-hour test at the beginning of the course, and a 2-hour test at the end)
>
> USE 'IS' if the situation is parallel to B:
>
> B. 4 hours is given to complete the test.
>
>
>
>
>
> On 25 Jul 2012, at 05:51, "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net> wrote:
>
>> The words "of free service" is a prepositional phrase modifying the subject of the sentence, "months" which is plural.
>>
>> It is are. Is is wrong.
>>
>> I'll refrain from eliminating the passive voice.
>>
>> On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:40:40 -0400, Keith Mahoney <kamahoney1965 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
>>
>>> My choice, M8.....go with "is"
>>>
>>> ~Mahoney
>>>
>>> On Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 3:38 PM, John Posada <jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hi, guys...quick question...
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Two months of free service is given to a current customer
>>>>
>>>> or
>>>>
>>>> Two months of free service are given to a current customer
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> My thought is that "is" should be used as free service is given.
>>>>
>>>> Please no suggestions to rewriting or context, or needing more
>>>> information...I have no choice than to use one of them the way it is and it
>>>> goes out tomorrow, so I have a limited option for battles.
>>>>
>>>> --
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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

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