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just a question



poki
Slovenia

just a question
 
I came across a problem. Which of these sentences is correct?
 
My favourite food is pizza and spaghetti.
My favourite food are pizza and spaghetti.
 
The thing is, that food is usually an uncountable noun, so it should be used in singular. But in this case, I īm not sure anymore. Ermm
 
Thank you for your help!!
 
Polona

28 Feb 2010      



ARaquelSP
Portugal

I īd say "My favourite food is pizza and spaghetti". Can īt explain why, but it sounds better than the other option.

28 Feb 2010     



Zora
Canada

My favorite food IS pizza and spaghetti. - Why? Because the "subject" which is "My favourite food" is singular.

Now... many teachers teach that food is uncountable - which isn īt true - and therefore, we could also say: My favourite foodS are pizza and spaghetti.

 

28 Feb 2010     



amely13
Ukraine

the first is correct. My favourite food - it is a subject, we always use to be in conjunction with a subject.

28 Feb 2010     



poki
Slovenia

Thanks for your quick answers!!!
 
Zora, I knew there was something about foods, but I wasn īt sure. Even my dictionary wasn īt helpful here.
 
Anyway, I īll stick with the singular. Big smile
 
Thank you again!
Polona

28 Feb 2010     



libertybelle
United States

Zora is always right!  (she īs a walking grammar book!)

28 Feb 2010     



yanogator
United States

Yes, Zora īs grammar is correct, of course, but pizza and spaghetti are two different foods, so I would say, "My favorite foods are pizza and spaghetti."
Bruce

1 Mar 2010     



Zora
Canada

Actually Bruce, here the subject does not need to be in agreement with what comes after the verb - the only thing that īs is important is the subject verb agreement since it īs not like the "there is/are" rule.

Besides - "food" can be considered uncountable - AND in that case the "is" is perfectly correct.

1 Mar 2010