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Correct please the phrases and explain please grammar:

  1. Meet my parents. This is / These are my mom and dad. (plural after "this is" in new sentence)

  2. My work is hard. It's swimming, running, shooting and jumping every day. (plural after "it's" in new sentence)

thanks a lot

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  • Please ask only one question at a time.
    – Davo
    Commented Nov 14, 2022 at 16:46

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The correct sentence is:

This is my mom and dad.

The reasoning behind that is you are saying "This is my mom and this is my dad", not "These people are both my mom and dad."

The second sentence is syntactically correct, but is semantically wrong. It is weird to say that your work is "swimming, running, shooting and jumping every day" (since those are actions rather than "work"), but you should rather say:

My work is hard. It consists of swimming, running, shooting and jumping every day.

A less harsh alternative that you can use in verbal communication is:

My work is hard. I have to swim, run, shoot and jump every day.

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This is my mom and (this is) my dad.

In parallel constructions, repeated words may be omitted.

See also this post

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