“Are the same person” or “Is the same person”?

  1. Father’s grandfather and grandfather’s father are the same person.
  2. Father’s grandfather and grandfather’s father is the same person.
  3. Father’s grandfather and grandfather’s father are the same people.

Which one is correct? I guess that the second sentence is right because there is actually one person- singular not plural. Am I right ?

Answer

The first sentence is correct as although “father’s grandfather” and “grandfather’s father” are referring to the same person but at the time of speaking/referring, they are the instances of a singleton personality.

Further, the grandfather’s father instance is older than father’s grandfather( considering the natural timeline). Thus, due to different instances of the same person for two different perspectives, “is” can’t be used in this context.

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