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I get the "a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts" (key word possibly being serious), but you guys know that for most people studying English they don't know what copula is and they are taught that "linking verbs" is a real thing. So I'd have to say that, although I appreciate your scholarly effort to ...


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If we make 'premium' plural, then we need 'are'. The ​insurance ​premiums are ​small ​potatoes ​compared to what we'd have to ​pay if the ​house ​burned down. Also we could change things further, e.g. The ​insurance ​premiums are an annoyance compared to what we'd have to ​pay if the ​house ​burned down. Where there is a discrepancy we decide which is ...


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If the two are considered as a unit, you use the singular verb: Where is the pestle and mortar? Mumford and sons is my favourite band. However, when each noun is considered to be a separate unit, you use a plural verb: My sister and my mother keep contradicting me. The battery and the engine seem to have died. Unless you really ...



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