When used as subject, is the word arts considered a singular noun or a plural one?
- Art is my favorite class at school this term.
- Arts is? my favorite class at school this term.
Why can’t we just say we’re taking or studying art in school? Why do we ever say arts as though it were plural but then use a singular verb anyway?
Does the answer vary by locality, such as in the United Kindom or Ireland, Australia or New Zealand, the United States or Canada, India or Singapore, or South Africa?