Herpes: A Grammatical Question.
February 15, 2013 6:48 PM Subscribe
When talking to a coworker I offered the phrase, "hey kid, go ask your Mom what herpes are.". My coworker responded with "herpes is.". We then started a discussion of the proper use of is/are and could not come to a conclusion. Any insight?
posted by JakeEXTREME to education (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The conversation drifted into other words as simple as cats and gum, then switched over to The Simpsons. We also touched into the territory of phrasing and tense. If you have credentials please offer them as it would be better than assuming each person is an English major.
As an aside, this wasn't a conversation directed at my coworker. We were making jokes about a child that put her mouth on the spout of a beverage machine.