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  1. His house and my house is close to school canteen (I used "is" instead of 'are" because we are co-owner/sharing one house)

  2. His house and my house is close to school canteen (we both have two different houses but i still used "is" instead of "are" because we each have one house)

  3. I know his mother and your mother are sisters( here i used "are" instead of is" because we talked about two mothers)

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    (2) is exactly the same as (3) - two mothers, two houses - so it should be are. Yes, (1) should be is, but most people would say our house (or, if you must spell it out, the house where he and I live. It is confusing to mention the word house twice. Jan 24 at 17:18
  • @Kate Bunting Should I say they is the same house in (1)?
    – user09827
    Jan 24 at 18:33
  • They is is ungrammatical. I have already suggested that you say Our house is close to the school canteen. Jan 25 at 9:47
  • Further to @Kate Bunting's comment - which she should post as a perfectly good answer - you could also say "His and my house is close to the school."
    – WS2
    Jan 27 at 8:53

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  1. Confusing and wrong. If you are sharing a house say "Our house is...". As there is one house it is confusing to refer to it as two things. Although this is sometimes done as trick (see below).

  2. No. Two houses so use "are". Better might be "Both our houses are ..."

  3. Correct, two women

The trick question

Elizabeth, Lizzy, Betsy, and Bess,
They all went together to seek a bird's nest;
They found a bird's nest with five eggs in,
They all took one, and left four in.

If you are not playing such tricks, don't say "His house and my house".

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  • Yes sentence 1 is wrong. Indeed my answer states "1. is confusing and wrong"
    – James K
    Jan 24 at 18:22
  • Kate can write her own answer, but I think that "is" is correct if you change "His house and my house" to "our house".
    – James K
    Jan 24 at 18:25
  • It turns out Kate is right. google.co.uk/amp/s/www.writersdigest.com/.amp/…
    – user09827
    Jan 24 at 18:31
  • She is so smart. My grammar book is wrong.
    – user09827
    Jan 24 at 18:31
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    For sentence 1 I would recommend "His and my house is..." Jan 24 at 20:34

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