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I'm not sure about the proper subject verb agreement in the following sentences.

A boy and a girl make/makes a couple.

5 and 5 make/makes 10.

75 and 25 make/makes a hundred.

Can you help?

ETA: I understand that compound subjects usually take plural verbs, unless they form a collective idea- in which case it takes a singular verbs.

Can the subjects in these cases be considered a collective unit?

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I think the right answer would be the following.

  1. A boy and a girl make a couple, because they make.

  2. 5 and 5 makes 10, because I understand you're trying to convey sum, and that would be 5 plus 5, or it makes.

  3. 75 and 25 makes 10, because I understand you're trying to convey sum, and that would be 75 plus 25, or it makes.

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Answers 1] A boy and a girl make a couple.

2] 5 and 5 make 10.

75 and 25 make a hundred. Reasons: 1] 1 boy + 1 girl= 2.( More than 1) 2] 5 + 5 = 10.( More than 1) 3] 75 + 25 = 100 ( More than 1). Hope you understand the logic.

  • Did you see my edits? – user18967 Feb 18 '16 at 16:48

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