Right use of "is"


Do you know where is the women's restroom?

asked Aug 30 '13 at 00:34 Belinda New member

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"is" versus "are" is a simple matter of agreement.

Perhaps the reason this is confusing is because you placed the verb in front of its subject.

Realign your sentence:  "Do you know where the women's restroom is?"

As you can see, "is" (singular) is not agreeing with "women" (plural), it is agreeing with "restroom" (singular).  That being the case, you have subject-verb agreement.

Were we to change it to "restrooms", your agreement rule would change:

"Do you know where the women's restrooms are?"


More importantly, I will teach you the "correct" use of "correct". 

When you are formally asking if something is free from errors, you want to ask if it is "correct", not "right"?

Properly put, your question should have been

"Correct use of 'is'?"

link comment edited Aug 30 '13 at 11:18 Aaron Prejean Expert

This is a combination of two sentence.  Here, the clause functions as a Noun Clause. 

Do you know it?

The women's restroom is there.

Do you know where the women's restroom is?

Usually the conjuction should be placed before the clause.

link comment answered Aug 30 '13 at 13:35 Z. A. Jazley Expert

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