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  • adeletan
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    22 April, 2010 at 1:45
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    May I ask on the following questions which one is the correct sentence and why?

    Sample 1:
    a) The rice and noodles is nice?
    b) The rice and noodles are nice?

    Sample 2:
    a) How much does the rice and noodles cost?
    b) How much do the rice and noodles cost?

    Sample 3:
    a) A uniform
    b) An uniform

    dan
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    22 April, 2010 at 12:31
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    Reply To: Singular verb vs Uncountable items

    Hi and welcome to the forum.

    a) The rice and noodles is nice?
    b) The rice and noodles are nice?

    It depends if "rice and noodles" is one thing or two separate things.

    – Imagine you are in a restaurant, and you see a dish on the menu called "rice and noodles". In this case you would say "The rice and noodles is nice".
    – Imagine now you have two plates on the table in front of you. One of them contains rice, the other noodles. In this case you would say "The rice and noodles are nice".

    Sample 2:
    a) How much does the rice and noodles cost?
    b) How much do the rice and noodles cost?

    Same explanation as above.

    Sample 3:
    a) A uniform
    b) An uniform

    You probably learnt that we use "an" before nouns starting with a vowel. There is an exception: Sometimes when a noun starts with the letter "u", the sound is like a "y". "Uniform" is one of these nouns, so we use "a".

    Hope that helps.

    Dan

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