Is, Am & Are' Advanced English Trivia

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1.

My father and I ________ happy at the moment.

Answer: Are
Explanation:
In this sentence, the correct word to fill in the blank is "are" because the subject "My father and I" is plural. When referring to more than one person, including oneself, the verb "are" is appropriate. This grammatically correct choice ensures the sentence conveys that both the speaker and their father are experiencing happiness simultaneously.
2.

My Mathematics teacher ________ really beautiful.

Answer: Is
Explanation:
In English, when talking about a single person or thing, the word "is" is used. This is because "is" is the singular form of the verb 'to be,' which matches with a singular subject like "My Mathematics teacher." Using "is" in this sentence indicates that the speaker is describing their teacher, stating that she or he is very beautiful. Therefore, the correct sentence is "My Mathematics teacher is really beautiful."
3.

John and Holly ________ best friends.

Answer: Are
Explanation:
When the subject involves more than one person, as in "John and Holly," the correct verb to use is "are." This is because "are" is the plural form of the verb 'to be,' which is used to agree with plural subjects. Using "are" in this sentence confirms that John and Holly share the relationship of being best friends. Therefore, the correct sentence is "John and Holly are best friends."
4.

My friend and I ________ here with your father now.

Answer: Are
Explanation:
When referring to more than one person, including yourself, use the word "are." This is because "are" is the plural form of the verb 'to be,' which aligns with the plural subject "My friend and I." Using "are" in this sentence tells us that both the speaker and their friend are currently in the same location as the listener's father. Therefore, the correct sentence is "My friend and I are here with your father now."
5.

Melcha, Holly, Davia, and Fanna ________ studying English at Mr. Benny's house.

Answer: Are
Explanation:
In English, when talking about more than one person, the word "are" is used. This is because "are" is the plural form of the verb 'to be,' which matches with a plural subject like "Melcha, Holly, Davia, and Fanna." Using "are" in this sentence indicates that these individuals are together participating in an activity, which in this case is studying English at Mr. Benny's house. Therefore, the correct sentence is "Melcha, Holly, Davia, and Fanna are studying English at Mr. Benny's house."
6.

Melcha ________ not my friend but she is my elder sister.

Answer: Is
Explanation:
In English, when the subject of a sentence is a single person or thing, the word "is" is used. This is because "is" is the singular form of the verb 'to be,' matching the singular subject "Melcha." Using "is" in this sentence clarifies that Melcha, who is being talked about, holds a specific relationship to the speaker — she is not a friend but an elder sister. Therefore, the correct sentence is "Melcha is not my friend but she is my elder sister."
7.

One of my friends, Holly, accompanied by her father, ________ at your house now.

Answer: Is
Explanation:
In English, when the subject of the sentence is singular, even if additional people are mentioned as accompanying the subject, the verb should match the main subject. In this sentence, "One of my friends" is the main subject, which is singular, thus requiring the singular form of the verb 'to be,' which is "is." The phrase "accompanied by her father" does not change the number of the main subject. Therefore, the correct sentence is "One of my friends, Holly, accompanied by her father, is at your house now."
8.

You and Davia ________ really beautiful girls in this class.

Answer: Are
Explanation:
In English, when referring to more than one person, including yourself, the word "are" is used. This is because "are" is the plural form of the verb 'to be,' which matches with a plural subject like "You and Davia." Using "are" in this sentence tells us that both individuals, the speaker including Davia, are considered beautiful girls in the class. Therefore, the correct sentence is "You and Davia are really beautiful girls in this class."
9.

There ________ some water I put on the table. Do you want to take it soon?

Answer: Is
Explanation:
In English, when talking about a singular, uncountable noun like "water," the word "is" is used. This is because "is" is the singular form of the verb 'to be,' which aligns with singular or uncountable nouns. Using "is" in this sentence indicates that there is a quantity of water, treated as a single entity, placed on the table. Therefore, the correct sentence is "There is some water I put on the table. Do you want to take it soon?"
10.

There ________ many people in front of my house now.

Answer: Are
Explanation:
In English, when referring to a plural number of things or people, the word "are" is used. This is because "are" is the plural form of the verb 'to be,' which needs to match with the plural noun "people." Using "are" in this sentence tells us that there is more than one person in front of the house. Therefore, the correct sentence is "There are many people in front of my house now."
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