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For example: We always get work done, regardless of what mood Bill or I is/am/are in.

Which tense of 'be' would be used here?

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Welcome! I don't think there is a proper solution; it is better to recast the sentence. Oh, and you're not talking about tenses, but grammatical persons. –  Cerberus May 10 '13 at 5:21
    
+1 This post will be useful to many others in future; has value in-posterity. –  Kris May 10 '13 at 11:54
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In this case, two subjects are connected by 'or', you use the verb form of the subject that is nearest the verb - 'am'. We always get work done, regardless of what mood Bill or I am in. Google 'Subject verb agreement', you can get more detail.

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Yes, that's called proximity agreement and subject-verb agreement or subject-verb concord. –  user21497 May 10 '13 at 8:01
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