As you know, we're studying safe levels for arsenic in drinking water to base our decision on sound science, the scientists told us we need to test the water glasses of about 3,000 people. Thank you for participating. Rarely is the question asked, is our children learning? Let us analyze that sentence for a moment. If you're a stickler, you probably think the singular verb is should have been the plural are, but if you read it closely, you'll see I'm using the intransitive plural subjunctive tense. So the word is are correct. In my sentences I go where no man has gone before...I am a boon to the English language.