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Hi all,

I'm just wondering how I can say 2+6=8 in English?

Which one is correct?

Two and six is eight vs. Two and six are eight.

How much are two and six? vs. How much is two and six?

Thanks for your help in advance!!

SCW
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I remember reading in a grammar book that both is and are are correct. Native speakers will probably tell us which one is actually used.

CB
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Hi,

Sums and products of mathematical processes are expressed as singular.

Two and six is eight.

Let's wait for them.

Thanks!
I'm with CB on this one. It comes up in my classes often, and I've found that I'm liable to say either.
Pls. correct me if i'm wrong.

My source might not be as reliable as yours. In my opinion you are referring to "fractional expressions" such as half of, a part of, a percentage of, a majority of, which are sometimes singular and sometimes plural, depending on the meaning.

A large percentage of the older population is voting against her.

Two-fifths of the troops were lost in the battle.

Forty percent of the student body is in favor of changing the policy.

But for sums and products of mathematical processes are expressed as singular and require singular verb.

"Two and two is four."
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