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Can you use the expression '...is our job' when the dots represent a plural subject?

It sort of sounds OK, but when I think about it, I'm not sure. And, of course, a plural should take 'are', but that does not sound OK.

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Say, for instance, Quality shoes is our job.

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I would argue that the sentence as you wrote it is not even a complete thought. You are either making quality shoes, selling quality shoes or simply wearing quality shoes. In which case, to express a complete thought, one would say, e.g. 'Making quality shoes is our job', in which case the 'is' correct because it refers to the verb 'making.'

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I would argue that the sentence as you wrote it is not even a complete thought. You are either making quality shoes, selling quality shoes or simply wearing quality shoes. In which case, to express a complete thought, one would say, e.g. 'Making quality shoes is our job', in which case the 'is' correct because it refers to the verb 'making.'



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GKC wrote:
Doom wrote:
I would argue that the sentence as you wrote it is not even a complete thought. You are either making quality shoes, selling quality shoes or simply wearing quality shoes. In which case, to express a complete thought, one would say, e.g. 'Making quality shoes is our job', in which case the 'is' correct because it refers to the verb 'making.'



This is scary.


Why? Is that what you were going to say?

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Doom wrote:
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Doom wrote:
I would argue that the sentence as you wrote it is not even a complete thought. You are either making quality shoes, selling quality shoes or simply wearing quality shoes. In which case, to express a complete thought, one would say, e.g. 'Making quality shoes is our job', in which case the 'is' correct because it refers to the verb 'making.'



This is scary.


Why? Is that what you were going to say?


Word for word.

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You agree with Doom :shock:

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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
You agree with Doom :shock:



Scary.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
You can say that again.


I might have. But I fell asleep.

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GKC wrote:
Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
You agree with Doom :shock:



Scary.


GKC, please get help before it is too late!!! This kind of thing sneaks up on you, and while you think it may just be the odd occasional lapse, you may all to soon find that it has become a real vice.

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Norwegianblue wrote:
GKC wrote:
Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
You agree with Doom :shock:



Scary.


GKC, please get help before it is too late!!! This kind of thing sneaks up on you, and while you think it may just be the odd occasional lapse, you may all to soon find that it has become a real vice.



I agree with Nowegianblue.

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That's permissible only if you, too, have beautiful plumage.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
That's permissible only if you, too, have beautiful plumage.



How about if I'm pining for the fjords?

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GKC wrote:
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That's permissible only if you, too, have beautiful plumage.



How about if I'm pining for the fjords?


:cloud9:

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Doom wrote:
I would argue that the sentence as you wrote it is not even a complete thought. You are either making quality shoes, selling quality shoes or simply wearing quality shoes. In which case, to express a complete thought, one would say, e.g. 'Making quality shoes is our job', in which case the 'is' correct because it refers to the verb 'making.'


... 'making' is a gerund in that example. it's functioning as a noun, not a verb.


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 Post subject: Re: Plural subject with 'is our job'
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... 'making' is a gerund in that example. it's functioning as a noun, not a verb.


Yes, the present participle is a gerund. In this case.

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