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Grammatical Mistake in Your Definition

I was checking your online Oxford Learner's Dictionary for the meaning of the following idiom(

give somebody/something a/the once-over (informal)
to look at somebody/something quickly to see what they or it are like.

to clean something quickly
"She gave the room a quick once-over before the guests arrived."

The definition says "to look at....they or it are like". I was thinking, should not the verb after the pronoun "it" be "is", instead of "are".


  • Hello @Antaryamin

    As this definition includes more than one subject, are generally works here.

    But please do feel free to get back in touch, should you query any grammar on our sites in future :)


  • jackykhorjackykhor
    edited August 1

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think when a subject consists of a plural noun and a singular noun connected by "or", the verb should agree with the noun closest to it. So, the correct clause should be "they or it is like".

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