• The guitar is not the same thing as the violin

What if I say this sentence this way:

  • The guitar and the violin are not the same thing.

Or should it be:

  • The guitar and the violin is not the same thing.
  • "Are". The subject is plural – Colin Fine Sep 11 '17 at 17:52
  • Remember your capital letters. The first letter of each sentence and the word "I" should be capitalised. – James K Sep 11 '17 at 18:06
  • This question may have answers that also answer your question: ell.stackexchange.com/q/11986 – ColleenV Sep 11 '17 at 19:24

You have two subjects (plural) so you need to use a plural verb (are in your case).

  • The guitar and violin are different instruments.

You can use a singular verb if you refer to two subjects as a union, as a whole or something that represents a single thing. However, you should be careful and use it wisely in terms of logic:

  • A guitar and an e-bow is a great combination in art rock.
  • But first one's correct. The guitar is not the same as the violin. But both sentences are same although. right? – user62016 Sep 11 '17 at 18:05
  • @user62016 In the first sentence you have one subject. – SovereignSun Sep 11 '17 at 18:07
  • But they mean the same. Dont they? – user62016 Sep 11 '17 at 18:13
  • @user62016 grammatically, yes. But logically one might say they aren't. However, I can't see how they can differ. – SovereignSun Sep 11 '17 at 18:17
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    @user62016 — if it's related to this topic, you should create a chat room because this comment section is not for discussion; comments are ephemeral and some comments are often overlooked when one or more comments are upvoted. If it's not related to this question, it's better to ask a new question. (It's encouraged do some research before asking a new question and don't forget to provide context.) – user178049 Sep 12 '17 at 14:06

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