Common mistake Incorrect use of 'is' vs. 'are'

Common Mistake: Incorrect use of 'is' vs. 'are'

One of the most common grammatical mistakes people make is the incorrect use of 'is' and 'are'. Although these two words might seem similar and interchangeable, they have different uses and should be used accordingly.

1. Singular vs. Plural

The main difference between 'is' and 'are' is that 'is' is used when referring to a singular noun or subject, while 'are' is used when referring to a plural noun or subject.

  • Correct: The book is on the table.
  • Incorrect: The books is on the table.
  • Correct: The books are on the table.
  • Incorrect: The book are on the table.

2. Verb Agreement

'Is' and 'are' are also used in verb agreement, where the verb must agree with the subject in terms of singular or plural form.

  • Correct: She is studying for her exams.
  • Incorrect: She are studying for her exams.
  • Correct: They are planning a trip.
  • Incorrect: They is planning a trip.

3. Subject-Verb Agreement in Questions

When forming questions with 'is' and 'are', the subject and verb must be inverted.

  • Correct: Is she coming to the party?
  • Incorrect: She is coming to the party?
  • Correct: Are they ready?
  • Incorrect: They are ready?

4. Contractions

'Is' and 'are' can also be used in contractions, such as 'it's' (it is) and 'they're' (they are).

  • Correct: It's a beautiful day.
  • Incorrect: Its a beautiful day.
  • Correct: They're going to the movies.
  • Incorrect: They going to the movies.

It is important to pay attention to the correct usage of 'is' and 'are' to ensure clear and effective communication. Linguix Grammar Checker can be a helpful tool for identifying and correcting these common mistakes, improving your writing skills along the way.

Incorrect use of 'is' vs. 'are' mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    When is Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger back in cinema?

    When are Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger back in cinema?

  • Incorrect:
    It's exciting but when is Christmas and New Years finally over?

    It's exciting but when are Chraretmas and New Years finally over?

  • Correct:
    What is Carl's and Peter's favorite meal?
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