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  1. Two and two makes four.
  2. Two and two make four.

Which is grammatical? Please provide your reasoning.

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marked as duplicate by Andrew Leach, medica, RegDwigнt Apr 26 '14 at 14:50

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

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This is almost exactly the same as "Equal" versus "Equals"‌​, which has answers and links to two further duplicates. – Andrew Leach Apr 26 '14 at 14:48
    
@AndrewLeach I know you all just marked this as a duplicate, but I am not satisfied by the duplicate answer. We use "make" in this instance because "Two and two" forms a compound subject joined by "and". Compound subjects joined by "and" are always plural; therefore, we use the plural verb "make". – Apple Freejeans Apr 26 '14 at 15:41
    
@AP Have you looked at the duplicate's answers? They say the same thing as you; and offer the contrary view too. So it is a duplicate. – Andrew Leach Apr 26 '14 at 16:44