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mjmo67
Iran

Introducing others
 
Hi dear colleagues!
 
I ´ve got a question. Do you consider the following introduction correct?
 
"This is John and Mary. They ´re my cousins."
 
Thanks very much in advance!!!
 

13 Jun 2018      



kohai
Latvia

Yes, it´s correct!

"This is John and Mary. They´re my cousins."
"This is my mother and father. They´re teachers", etc.

13 Jun 2018     



SSGK
United States

Or one could say, "These are my cousins, John and Mary" or, "this is John and Mary, my cousins"

15 Jun 2018     



charlie121
United States

that ´s right

15 Jun 2018     



aperkins4
United States

Technically, "this" is supposed to be for singular nouns only. In common speech, it is used interchangably. So casual, spoken English, you will hear and can say the sentences exactly as you posted them. However, in formal, written English, it is better to say "These are my cousins, John and Mary."

 

The sentence "These are John and Mary" sounds awkward, so I would not use it. 

17 Jun 2018     



mjmo67
Iran

Thanks a million! I really appreciate that!!!

18 Jun 2018