"Why is/are phonetics important?"

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 29 03:08:54 UTC 2011

Would you ask the same question about "economics" or "physics"?
"Statistics" is a bit different because the answer would depend on the
circumstances. If you are talking about the field, it would be "is"; if
about the variables--it'd be "are". Are you tired of such questions
about "data" or "agenda", Tom? At least, there is actually a reason to
consider the issue in those cases (however minor, these days).


On 11/27/2011 9:06 PM, Tom Zurinskas wrote:
> Which verb do you like in the sentence "Why is/are phonetics important?"
> Tom Zurinskas, Conn 20 yrs, Tenn 3, NJ 33, now Fl 9.
> See how English spelling links to sounds at http://justpaste.it/ayk

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