Need advice with this verb

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My sentence is "The trend in Social Media and Internet presence is growing all over the world". I used "is" because I am referring to the "trend", not to "Social Media and Internet presence. Grammarly is suggesting "are" instead of "is". Which one is correct?

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The trend in Social Media and Internet presence is growing all over the world.
asked Dec 28 '13 at 14:40 Veronica Miller New member

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'Is' is the correct verb. 'Trend' is the subject and is singular.

link comment answered Dec 28 '13 at 14:58 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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You should use the word 'is' in that sentence. One easy way to determine the correct word would be to eliminate the phrase 'in Social Media and Internet presence' in the sentence. Hence, if you wrote 'The trend is growing all over the world," you would quickly be able to determine that you should use the word 'is'. 'Are' would be used if the word 'trend' is plural. Also, as far as I know, 'Social Media' is not capitalized and I don't think there has been any ruling on whether or not you need to capitalize the word 'internet'. If I were writing this, I would keep all three words in lower case or capitalize all three. The key is consistency. I hope this helps!

 

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link comment answered Jan 09 at 23:36 Karen OKeefe Contributor

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