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Serenity Carr, Assistant Editor
Is it "you and your family is" or "you and your family are"?
Monday January 15th 2018
Which is correct, "you and your family IS," or "you and your family ARE"? — Pat, United States

You should use are because "you and your family" is a plural subject.

When the subject of a sentence has two parts joined by "and" it makes the subject plural, so you should use a plural verb. Below are more examples of sentence subjects with two parts.

  • Elizabeth and I are going for a walk.
  • You and your dad win a lot of races.
  • Cheryl and Sue are great friends.
  • A book and a sandwich are sitting on the table.
  • Sam and Kevin like to collect rocks.
  • Josh and Chris listen to the same kind of music.


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