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Which is correct?

  • One blue ball and one red ball is preferred.
  • One blue ball and one red ball are preferred.
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marked as duplicate by Andrew Leach, Matt E. Эллен, tchrist, jwpat7, Kris Apr 11 '13 at 6:32

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See Singular or plural following a list: where a list is the subject of a verb, use the plural form. – Andrew Leach Apr 10 '13 at 21:17
@Tim: I assume you're thinking along these lines: 'in the Cambridge Grammar are references to what are termed "singular / plural overrides" where the speaker indicates his or her interpretation of the subject as being singular or plural, irrespective of its grammatical status.' (Shoe, english.stackexchange.com/questions/56210/… ). So here, perhaps: for the starting position for the game 'User42 Pool', one blue ball and one red ball is preferred? – Edwin Ashworth Apr 10 '13 at 22:02
However, in the alternatives offered in the question, where such overrides are not stated, the answer is clear. – Andrew Leach Apr 10 '13 at 22:15
@TimLymington Whatever you meant! – Kris Apr 11 '13 at 6:34
@EdwinAshworth: Obviously, the OP did not mean a situation as extrapolated. Imagination does run wild! :) – Kris Apr 11 '13 at 6:35

"One blue ball and one red ball are preferred."

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Welcome to EL&U. We normally prefer reasons or citations in an answer; otherwise it is just one person's opinion, which is not very helpful. – TimLymington Apr 11 '13 at 9:20

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