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Sometimes a noun phrase sounds plural but describes something we think of as a single unit. These noun phrases take a singular verb.

Spaghetti and meatballs is [singular] my favorite dinner.

Ice cream and cake is [singular] my favorite dessert.

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Wrong

Wrong

Peanut butter and jelly are Billyís favorite sandwich.

Right

Peanut butter and jelly is Billyís favorite sandwich.

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Which is correct?

Which is correct?

Macaroni and cheese is a healthy food.

Macaroni and cheese are a healthy food.

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Correct

Correct

Macaroni and cheese is a healthy food.

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Donít be confused by nouns that look plural but are actually singular.

Donít be confused by nouns that look plural but are actually singular.

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The news [singular] of the coon hunt spreads through the town.

The news [singular] of the coon hunt spreads through the town.

Mumps [singular] makes one's cheeks hurt and causes swelling and fever.

Mathematics [singular] is my best subject in school.

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Which is correct?

Which is correct?

Measles is contagious.

Measles are contagious.

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Correct

Correct

Measles is contagious.

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Donít be confused by nouns of amount.

Donít be confused by nouns of amount.

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Use a singular verb with sums of money or periods of time.

Use a singular verb with sums of money or periods of time.

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Wrong

Wrong

Five hundred dollars are a lot of money.

Right Five hundred dollars is a lot of money.

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Wrong

Wrong

Three hours are a long time to wait.

Right Three hours is a long time to wait.

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Which is correct?

Which is correct?

Forty dollars buy two coon hounds.

Forty dollars buys two coon hounds.

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Correct

Correct

Forty dollars buys two coon hounds.

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Which is correct?

Which is correct?

Two years totals a long time for Billy to save his money.

Two years total a long time for Billy to save his money.

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