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I hope this didn't post twice!  I'm asking again anyway.  It's driving me nuts.  Which sentence is correct?                  "Good written and verbal communications skills is a must."  OR  "Good written and verbal communication skills are a must."

is are asked May 16 '13 at 00:18 Mindy G New member

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"Good written and verbal communicative skills are a must." I have changed communication to communicative skills.  Here is my explanation as defined in the Macmillan Publishers Ltd. 2003


com • mu • ni • ca • tive
BrE / kəˈmjuːnɪkətɪv /
NAmE / kəˈmjuːnɪkeɪtɪv /
 word origin
 example bank
1 willing to talk and give information to other people
I don't find him very communicative.
2 connected with the ability to communicate in a language, especially a foreign language
communicative skills
communicative / B kmjunktv / A adjective *

1 willing to tell things to other people 2 relating to the ability to communicate

link comment answered May 16 '13 at 07:58 sanjay Expert

"Good written and verbal communication skills are a must." is the correct sentence.

To determine when to add "is" or "are" is by seeing if the suject is plural or singular.

Communication skills are plural in this sentence. "Are" is plural and "is" is singular.

Plural meaning more then one "skill," which is stated as skills.

If it was singular it would just be one subject, like skill without the "s".

link comment answered May 17 '13 at 15:42 brandon helling New member

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