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Which verb form is grammatically correct here? My intuition says 'satisfy' but a textbook I'm reading says otherwise (Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach. If interested, a legal copy is available here).

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This is actually interesting. I started to write a flip comment but then I thought about it a little more.

The truth is, it could go either way, depending on what you mean.

If you mean the two things are independently satisfying, use satisfy. Using A and B for shorthand, we get:

A satisfies me. B satisfies me. But A and B satisfy me.

If you mean both conditions happening at the same time are necessary for your satisfaction, creating a unitary satisfaction which would fail the satisfaction test if either were missing, choose satisfies.

A verbing and B verbing satisfies me.

  • "I started to write a flip comment but then I thought about it a little more." Same thing happened to me. +1 for not waiting for someone else to answer. – anongoodnurse Jun 28 '15 at 2:03
  • Heck, you could even say "Bill reading Shakespeare and Maureen singing Schubert back to back satisfies me." – rhetorician Jun 28 '15 at 2:21

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