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The Food Conundrum


"is" vs. "are"


This is where "is" and "are" do battle for propriety, as I cited in my post about "Mashed Potatoes & Gravy".


Should we say "mashed potatoes & gravy" IS my favorite — or "mashed potatoes & gravy" ARE my favorite.  I vote for "IS" because it's a singular dish.


But what about these other classic food combinations? Does an ampersand contribute to the singleness?


peanut butter & jelly

ham & eggs

strawberries & cream

sausage & grits

liver & onions

BLT (bacon, lettuce, and tomato)

fish & chips

red beans & rice

corned beef & cabbage

beans & wieners/weenies


I know where I stand; but where do you stand?


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