Is vs. Are

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Would media be considered plural or singular? If singular, than wouldn't is be correct?

See example:

Is the media indirectly advertising for diets and eating disorders?
asked Nov 27 '13 at 03:20 Brenda Windsor New member

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Great question!

 

Technically -- that is, according to my old-school high school English teacher -- media is plural and medium is the singular.  But English is not static. It changes and over the past 60 years, media -- when referring to "the print and broadcast media" has evolved into being singular.

 

Now, if you are using media in a scientific context -- where you might grow cultures in different media -- you should still treat it as plural.

 

I agree with Patty's general editorial suggestion.

link comment answered Nov 27 '13 at 17:04 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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