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Post time 2015-11-14 08:27:17 |Display all floors
Could  you tell me  why "IS" is used the first sentence while "are" in the second?
1.A lot of ice cream, hamburgers and cola is not healthy.
2.Milk,cheese and fish are good for your teeth.

Here comes the context:

Is your food and drink healthy? A lot of ice cream,hamburgers and cola is not healthy. Meat is healthy but too much meat is not good for children. Cola and candy are very sweet,and too much suger is bad for you. Eat the right food and be healthy. Carrots,eggs and sweet potatoes are good for your eyes. Milk,cheese and fish are good for your teeth.A bit tired? Have lots of delicious chicken soup!

Thanks.

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Post time 2015-12-14 10:06:51 |Display all floors
Would anyone like to share his/her own opions on that? Thanks.

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Post time 2015-12-18 07:27:07 From mobile |Display all floors
Verbs have to agree with subjects. In the first example the subject 'a lot' is singular so use 'is'. In the second, the subject is a list of several items, so we use 'are'. Thank goodness the Chinese language does not have these silly rules!

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Post time 2015-12-18 08:10:10 |Display all floors
Daveofse3 Post time: 2015-12-18 07:27
Verbs have to agree with subjects. In the first example the subject 'a lot' is singular so use 'is'. ...

No, Chinese just confuses us with measure words, ping, bei, wan , zhang, ge, they confuse the hell out of me

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Post time 2015-12-18 08:31:55 |Display all floors
A lot of ........... one lot, (collective noun) therefore the singular form of the verb is needed
Milk, cheese, fish ............ three types (of food), the plural form must be used

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Post time 2015-12-18 22:25:09 From mobile |Display all floors
hippo. don't worry too much about is/are. Lots of English people get this wrong! Chinese confuses me as well but learning lots of verb tables is something we don't need to worry about

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Post time 2016-1-3 18:43:50 |Display all floors
At first sight, I catch the subject "a lot", a singular.

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