Hi.

Should we use plural verb for two uncountable nouns?

For instance,

Water and coffee are/is two nutritious drinks.

Your time and help is/are highly appreciated.

Hardware and software is/are important concepts of computer engineering.

Thanks
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When two uncountable nouns are joined with 'and', you should use a plural verb (Water and coffee are two nutritious drinks).

But when two items are just like Siamese twins, you can use a singular verb (Bread and butter is my morning food). Here, bread and butter is singular as they are not taken separately. You apply butter on bread and take it together. But when they are separate, you should use a plural verb (Bread and butter are sold here). Here, bread and butter are sold separately.

O.Abootty

Kerala

India
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Should we use plural verb for two uncountable nouns?

Yes, you should. Why? Because you're talking about two things, irrespective of the fact that they're individually uncountable things.

Example.

The water is in the fridge.

The coffee is in the fridge.

Both of them are in the fridge.

Water and coffee are two nutritious drinks. (you are refering to two)

Your time and help are highly appreciated. (two things: time and help)

Hardware and software are important concepts of computer engineering. (concepts is plural)

At least that's what I think about your exaples. Let's see what the others have to say.

TS
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Hi O. Abootty,

Your explanation is really good!Emotion: smile

TS
Thank you very much Mr. Abootty. That was a nice grammatical point.

I wonder if you can think of other examples in addition to bread and butter.

Thanks
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