Tongs Are Or Tongs Is. Which Is Correct?

It's "tongs are". Since this object consists of two parts and only has a plural form, it's incorrect to say "tongs is".

It's "tongs are". Since this object consists of two parts and only has a plural form, it's incorrect to say "tongs is".

Where are my tongs?

Where is my tongs?

Follow the same rule with other verbs to say, for example, "tongs consist of..." (not "tongs consists of..."), "tongs include..." (not "tongs includes..."), or "tongs have" (not "tongs has...").

Tongs usually have two bars joined at one end.

Tongs usually has two bars joined at one end.

We also use a plural pronoun or determiner (they, them, these, those, etc.) to identify or replace these nouns.

These are called tongs. You can use them to lift small objects.

These tongs are too expensive.

Remember, we cannot use the article "a" with plural nouns. However, you can use the expression "a pair of tongs", which requires a singular form of a verb.

There is a pair of tongs in the drawer under the oven.

There are a pair of tongs in the drawer under the oven.

In general, follow the same strategy with names of tools and devices where two things are joined together. Other examples of these are: pliers, scissors, forceps, and tweezers.

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