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Which one is correct?

This:

Everyone chose XYZ because it (and the ones from last year) is the most reliable.

or:

Everyone chose XYZ because it (and the ones from last year) are the most reliable.

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    Parentheticals need not affect a sentence structure. Match grammatical number within the main structure (singular in this case). By the way, that's probably not a rule but merely a convention. – Kris Jun 17 '14 at 15:03
  • This question may have already been answered on these pages. – Kris Jun 17 '14 at 15:03
  • @Kris: that is true for most questions that are asked: they may have been answered somewhere one these pages, and otherwise, chances are they may have been answered on the internet, a written publication or a course. Without a reference to such an answer, that observation doesn't help the person looking for the answer, does it: ;) – oerkelens Jun 17 '14 at 15:20
  • You could change it to "Everyone chose XYZ because it (as well as the ones from last year) is the most reliable", avoiding the question. – Peter Shor Jun 17 '14 at 18:23
  • @oerkelens If a question has been answered on these pages, it's a dupe; it's easily found elsewhere, esp., on the Internet, then it's GR. Both cases are OT. See the FAQ. – Kris Jun 18 '14 at 5:48
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The first sentence is correct.

Everyone chose XYZ because it (and the ones from last year) is the most reliable.

In the case of conflict between grammatical numbers in the sentence, the pronoun is matched according to the main sentence, and not the phrase inside the parenthesis.

*Note: When you put something in parenthesis, the sentence should have complete meaning and correct grammar even if you completely remove the parenthesis.

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    What is the source of this information? Is it an opinion? I'm interested. – Kris Jun 18 '14 at 5:48
  • Multiple sources, sorry I can not recall them for you, but I've had this discussion multiple times. But there is one thing to consider that's even above this rule. When you put something in parenthesis, the sentence should have complete meaning and correct grammar even if you completely remove the parenthesis. – Abbas Javan Jafari Jun 18 '14 at 5:55
  • What is the source of the 'one thing to consider'? Is that an opinion? – Kris Jun 18 '14 at 6:00
  • The source is from 2 of my high-school English teachers in Hillhead High-school, Glasgow, United Kingdom – Abbas Javan Jafari Jun 18 '14 at 6:16
  • These are pretty basic grammar rules in the English language and questions regarding this matter is better asked in another community. Please visit ell.stackexchange.com for further information. – Abbas Javan Jafari Jun 18 '14 at 6:24

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