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Sep 23 2013   7:25PM GMT

Or, nor and subject-verb agreement

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?

interrobang Sometimes Perl or Python ____ used instead of PHP.

a. is
b. are 

Answer: a


When two or more singular nouns or pronouns are connected by “or” or “nor”, use a singular verb. Think of it this way: We’re saying sometimes Perl (is used instead of PHP) or Python is used instead of PHP.

Go see the Purdue Owl for more about subject-verb agreement. 


Thanks to Peggy Rouse (@whatisdotcom) for this one.


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