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The word "Is" is used when a subject is singular, and "Are" is used when a subject is plural.
eg Jimmy IS riding a bike.
or The Smith's ARE moving in.
My question is, if there are multiple subjects (all singular) which word do I use. The specific example I'm struggling with is "Make sure your username and password IS/ARE correct."
I'm tending towards IS at the moment but I would like to make sure.
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We use ARE because 'username and password' = they......so....they ARE.
Your mother and father ARE very nice people. mother are father = parents = they
maj:Thanks a lot for that Woody. I really appreciate it. What about the following?
1. There is a cat and a dog under my car.
2. There are a cat and a dog under my car.
In South Africa (where I'm from) we don't always use the correct grammar. People have gotten so used to the mistakes that it sounds right to say, "...username and password IS correct."
I'm going to avoid the problem by saying, "Please check your username and password and try again."
2nd sentence is correct in my opinion just remove the "a" between are and cat: There are cat and dog under my car. Right?
There [is / are] a cat and a dog under my car.
Both are correct. Because a singular noun is close to the verb, native speakers are more likely to use is in this case.
Anonymous:'Are' is correct in this instance as you are referring to the subjects of the sentence. There are two subjects: username and password.
My Mum and Dad are joining me for a walk.
Hope that helps
Anonymous:1. is correct or There is a cat and dog under my car.
2. There are cat's and dog's under my car.
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