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Which is correct?

  1. Equipment is gloves and glasses.
  2. Equipment are gloves and glasses.

I'm editing a book, and this translation I'm working with has been confirmed by the client, so terms cannot be changed or added.

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    "Equipment consists of gloves and glasses." – Kris Mar 13 '15 at 6:31
  • Equipment is a mass noun. – Kris Mar 13 '15 at 6:32
  • Ok, but it cannot be changed. I'm editting a book, and this translation I'm working with has been confirmed by the client, terms cannot be changed or added. But I got mixed up with is/are – margo Mar 13 '15 at 6:34
  • editing has a single-t not double-t -- Please visit English Language Learners – Kris Mar 13 '15 at 6:36
  • Sorry, been up all night working, misspelled – margo Mar 13 '15 at 6:36
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As @Kris noted, the word equipment is a mass noun, meaning that it refers to a quantity of something as a discrete, undifferentiated entity. Singular verb forms are used with mass nouns, so you should "is" rather than "are" in this case.

But it's an awkward sentence either way. It would be more natural to use some other verb than "to be" to relate the two parts of the sentence:

The equipment consists of gloves and glasses.

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