Premises is or Premises are

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Premises is or Premises are

Post by Nami Nami » Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:19 am

Dear Sir,

I found the following from the Internet and would like to know which is correct? Can we say "The premises is ..."?

1. ... mises.html)

While “premises” is a plural noun, it’s often used with a singular verb. So people might write or say “premises is” as well as “premises are,” and “premises was” as well as “premises were.”

2. ... ogs440.htm

The word premises is always plural, whether you're referring to the whole of the land and the buildings upon it or just part of the mall (or whatever). So you want are, always.

Authority: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Electronic Edition, Version 1.5. 1996. Used with permission.

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Re: Premises is or Premises are

Post by Alan » Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:21 am

Always plural, to the best of my knowledge.