Chrisooi wrote:I have trouble with the following question:
Father says that either you or I (is, am, are) to blame for the broken window.
I think 'is' is the correct answer but my teacher says 'am' is the correct answer.
anderson wrote:right, they're conjoined by "or" not "and". The principle is the same.
Compound singular nouns with or or nor are supposed to take a singular verb and in current use usually do. The plural verb is most likely to appear where the notion of plurality is suggested by negative construction or when the writer is thinking of "this or that or both".
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