Your hard work and dedication is

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Grg91, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. Grg91 New Member

    German
    I wonder if this sentence is correct?

    "Your hard work and dedication is commendable"

    Is the word is correct here?

    Thank you
     
  2. Egmont Senior Member

    Massachusetts, U.S.
    English - U.S.
    It's not, because it refers to two things: the person's hard work and the person's dedication. Use are.
     
  3. Grg91 New Member

    German
    Thank you

    So the sentence should be "Your hard work and dedication are commendable" ?
     
  4. entangledbank

    entangledbank Senior Member

    London
    English - South-East England
    'Is' would be quite common in this position: hard work and dedication can be thought of as two aspects of the same thing. You can say it either way.
     
  5. Parla Senior Member

    New York City
    English - US
    I agree with Egmont. In AE, we would use only are here. I'm surprised to learn that "is" would be possible in BE.
     
  6. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    Texas
    English - US
    I agree with entangledbank. The two things can be thought of as going hand in hand as one thing.
     
  7. DonnyB

    DonnyB Senior Member

    Coventry, UK
    English UK Southern Standard English
    I must admit as a BE speaker I would probably say "is" here as sounding more natural, although strictly speaking "are" is grammatically more correct.
     

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