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Reply Tue 23 Sep, 2008 12:45 pm
How is/are Bob and his cats?
One of my friends told me that 'is' could also be used although 'are' is more common. Is he telling me the correct thing?

Many thanks.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Tue 23 Sep, 2008 12:47 pm
@tanguatlay,
As one written sentence it should be "are". But this would be acceptable to say:

How is Bob? And his cats?

PS When you ask these questions can you tag them "english" to make them easier to find for the ESL teachers?
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Tue 23 Sep, 2008 01:08 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Thanks, Robert.

I will do so from the next post.
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JTT
 
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Reply Tue 23 Sep, 2008 02:04 pm
@tanguatlay,
As an example of speech, I'd say that "How's" would be the more common usage. And yes, it's fine for speech. It's the same as with 'there' which, in speech, most commonly takes a singular verb even with a following plural noun phrase.

This also works with 'where' and 'here';

Where's my keys?

Here's your keys.
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