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Anonymous:
Please help me figure out which is correct:

"Enclosed is an original and one copy of the document." .... or

"Enclosed are an original and one copy of the document."

Thank you very much for any help!
Anonymous1. "Enclosed is an original and one copy of the document." .... or

2. "Enclosed are an original and one copy of the document."

To me, sentence 2 is correct.

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Ha! I'm really curious to see how the other members are going to answer that one.
I thought "are" was the only option in those kinds of sentences, but I once asked here about something similar, and I was told that both plural and singular verbs are likely to be used. In other words, neither would sound particularly odd.
Here are a pen and an eraser. Here is a pen and an eraser.
On the left are Mr. Tobacco and Mrs. Lighter. On the left is Mr. Tobacco and Mrs. Lighter.

Go figure... Emotion: smile
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KooyeenHa! I'm really curious to see how the other members are going to answer that one.
I thought "are" was the only option in those kinds of sentences, but I once asked here about something similar, and I was told that both plural and singular verbs are likely to be used. In other words, neither would sound particularly odd.
Here are a pen and an eraser. Here is a pen and an eraser.
On the left are Mr. Tobacco and Mrs. Lighter. On the left is Mr. Tobacco and Mrs. Lighter.

Go figure... Emotion: smile

I've read that when "There" begins a sentence 'is' is used if the first noun is singular, and 'are' is used if the first noun is plural. Let's hear from the other members.
Both are correct but think of the first sentence as if the second part is an afterthought.

Enclosed is an original [pause...] and one copy of the document.

It's more like two separate thoughts.

Personally though I would say something like: "Please find enclosed the original and a copy of the document." or "I have enclosed the original and a copy of the document."
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I've read that in BrE, when "There" begins a sentence 'is' is used if the first noun is singular, and 'are' is used if the first noun is plural. However, in AmE, either 'is' or 'are' can be used.

Two things are enclosed. Therefore "are" should be used. Also, it should be "the original" as there is only one original. Furthermore, "There" is not the first word in the sentence.

Hence, to me, it should be 'Enclosed are the (not 'an') original and one copy of the document.'
BokehBoth are correct but think of the first sentence as if the second part is an afterthought.

Enclosed is an original [pause...] and one copy of the document.

It's more like two separate thoughts.

Personally though I would say something like: "Please find enclosed the original and a copy of the document." or "I have enclosed the original and a copy of the document."
I agree! For a single item, I would say "enclosed is ....." But if more than 1, I would just say "please find enclosed..."
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On second thought, there could be an explanation. I remember this explanation:
There is a cat and a dog ---> There is a cat and (there is) a dog

So this could work too, after all:
Here is a cat and a dog ---> Here is a cat and (here is) a dog
On the left is Mr. Bean and Mr. Pees ---> On the left is Mr. Bean and (on the left is) Mr. Pees


Maybe...
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BokehBoth are correct but think of the first sentence as if the second part is an afterthought.

Enclosed is an original [pause...] and one copy of the document.

It's more like two separate thoughts.

Personally though I would say something like: "Please find enclosed the original and a copy of the document." or "I have enclosed the original and a copy of the document."
I agree! For a single item, I would say "enclosed is ....." But if more than 1, I would just say "please find enclosed..."

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