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Consider the following sentence:

The main culprit together with his associates was/were arrested.

Which should be used, was or were?

marked as duplicate by Edwin Ashworth, tchrist Nov 19 '16 at 3:16

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It should have commas, and be:

The main culprit, together with his associates, was arrested.

The "was" is seen to be applying to the culprit, not the associates, and so is singular.

Also, "together" would be better replaced with "along". I think the whole sentence would be better written as

The main culprit was arrested, along with his associates.

  • Parentheticals don't always need to be set off with commas or above (brackets, dashes) (though I'd use them here). – Edwin Ashworth Nov 18 '16 at 14:55

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