0

Fish and meat gives us protein.

Or

Fish and meat give us protein.

Thank you I appreciate your help.

1
  • 2
    Fish and meat isn't normally taken as a monolithic unit (this sentence notwithstanding), so pick plural agreement in your sentence.
    – Lawrence
    Oct 3 '17 at 15:28
3

Fish and meat give us protein. [plural]

Jack and Jill go up the hill. [plural]

Jack and Jill is a nice story. [singular]

Fish and meat is sometimes called "surf and turf". [singular]


Conclusion: use plural with X and Y unless "X and Y" is a singular entity.

Note the last example considers the (ungodly) combination of fish & meat.

2
  • 2
    Another classic example is "Bacon and eggs is my favourite breakfast".
    – BillJ
    Oct 3 '17 at 17:47
  • Very nice answer. +1. Oct 4 '17 at 3:09

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.