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This is mere hypercorrection. It is an error to believe that and automatically creates two different things. It does not always do so. Because hope and prayer is one thing, it takes a singular verb: “My hope and prayer is that he should return unharmed.” It’s like saying “My lord and husband is away.” That’s just one person. Only if it referred to two ...


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Please advise, but Grammar Girl opines that the problem here is 'false attraction to a predicate noun'. I excerpt the fundaments: Although this problem may seem complicated, it’s really not. It’s as simple as this: the verb agrees with the subject (2)***, not the predicate noun. - See more at: ...


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Consider the sentence using the singular "child": Every child was convinced that Uncle Bob would go to the game. It makes intuitive sense when viewed in this context since "Every children" sounds weird. To fix this, we would have to specify some grouping of children. It follows that "every one" should be singular: Every one [of them] was ...



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