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What is the difference between is and are?

Asked by Jasmijn , Last updated: Jul 04, 2020

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Hanneke

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Hanneke , Teacher, PhD, Ontario

Answered Jun 02, 2020

Are and Is are two of the many verbs that are in the English language. They are both present tense. One of the main differences between them is that the word "is" is singular, while "are" is used in a plural context. An example of using the word "is" is John is meeting Sally at the bookstore at 7. An example of using the word "is" is, John and Sally are at the bookstore studying for exams. When using is, the context of the sentence is referring to the action of one person, place, or thing, while the context of are is referring to the actions of multiple nouns.
 

C. Marcus

C. Marcus, Content Developer, Washington

Answered May 26, 2020

“Is” is the singular form of to be, whereas “are” is the plural form of to be. It is used in the present tense as in the sentence,” She is in the bathroom.” Here, the verb is applied in the present tense as in the sentence, “Mom and Dad are out to dinner.”

The verb “is” used in questions to as too as “was it right or wrong?” or in assertions such as “yes it was.” “Is” is used in present continuous tense, too, as in the sentence, “She is screaming outside.” The verb is generally used in the affirmative, “She is blond and pretty.

Sometimes the auxiliary verb is also used in present continuous tense, too, as in the sentence, “He was chopping wood.” “Is” is the singular form of to be, while “are” is the plural form of to be.

 

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