Which verb to use on a menu


While dining out, my husband argued that a menu item used the word "is" where "are" should have been written. The menu stated: **Substitution** Onion rings for French Fries is $1 extra. He thinks it should be written: **Substitution** Onion rings for French Fries are $1 extra.


I believe the subject  is "substitution" and "is" can be used in this case without calling in the grammatical police.


What do you think?

is-are asked Apr 21 '14 at 12:58 Lynda New member

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I agree with you that 'is' is correct, but correct grammar on a menu is not a high priority.  If this sentence were fleshed out, it would read:

[The] substitution [of] Onion rings for French Fries is $1 extra.


I would have written:

Substitute onion rings for French fries for $1.

link answered Apr 22 '14 at 13:31 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Thanks, Lewis, for your answer. Correct grammar on a menu is definitely not a high priority, but a hungry hubby with a menu in his hands too long gets a little grumpy and overly critical.

LyndaApr 22 '14 at 22:51

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