Are vs. Is

In general in English grammar, the verb is is used for singular subjects while the verb are is for plural subjects.

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There are some interesting differences between American and British English in the use of is and are (or was and were) with collective nouns. In British English, collective nouns can take either singular or plural verb forms, according to whether the emphasis is on the body as a whole or on the individual members respectively. For example, A committee is a waste of time. And The committee are unable to agree upon any resolution. Another example is Elvis Costello's song "Oliver's Army": Oliver's Army are on their way / Oliver's Army is here to stay.

In American English, collective nouns are almost always singular in construction: the committee was unable to agree.

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Anonymous comments (2)

November 14, 2012, 10:18pm

material is being shipped; materials are being shipped.

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September 6, 2011, 5:57pm

would you use is or are in below sentence?

Material is being shipped prior to inspection.

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