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It is often said, that verbs in English inflect to agree with the person and number of the subject. Now person here cannot be construed as an actual property of the subject. We cannot say for example that the first person is the person who's speaking and the second person is the person being spoken to or any ideas like that. If we do not use an actual ...
To put it simply: "singular they" is syntactically plural, and semantically singular. Just like trousers. This occasional disconnect between semantics and syntax is not unique to English. Sometimes these things do change, especially when not very recognisable (such as data moving from being plural to being singular). But the change is in general slow due to ...
When we use singular they, this does not change the fact that the word is they. The word they, like the words I (singular) and you (singular and plural), is followed by the uninflected verb-form.
A murder of crows, I would say. List of collective nouns in English. The Word Detective - A Murder of Crows. A Murder of Crows - documentary film.
You confused yourself by the way you phrased the question. The verb "prefer" is not "after" a "clause", it is part of the object of a prepositional phrase. The main verb of the sentence is "is", rendered properly as singular. And "those who prefer studying over travelling" is a phrase that acts as a plural noun. So Centaurus is absolutely right; the verb ...
prefer refers to those guys, and should be in the plural - Those guys prefer. Those guys prefer studying to travelling. He is one of them. He is one of those guys who prefer studying to travelling.
To answer your main question, the verb is fine. If you took out the subordinate clause, you'd be left with "Inspection is already done." However, I can understand your confusion, as it might also be reasonable to say "Inspections are already done." The key here is whether there is one inspection which happens to cover two places, or two inspections. Either ...
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