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Is this correct: This is John and his classmates.

asked Oct 03 '13 at 02:49 grace New member

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The question is, what is (are) the subject here?


Answer: John and his classmates (plural)


When the coordinating conjunction "and" joins two equal elements, use the plural verb . Therefore, the correct sentence is as follows:


This is John, and these are his classmates.


These are John and his classmates. 


I prefer the first because "These are John..." sounds a bit awkward.

link comment answered Oct 03 '13 at 10:51 Joyce F Contributor

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