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Introducing others


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      


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     

United States

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

15 Jun 2018     

United States

that ´s right

15 Jun 2018     

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     


Thanks a million! I really appreciate that!!!

18 Jun 2018