Every second of it only make / makes it worse

I'm trying to figure out which of the two I should use for the sentence above.

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    'Makes' since 'second' is singular.
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    Jun 8, 2016 at 3:46
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You should use 'makes'.

However the sentence: "Every second of it only makes it worse"

... is unclear without context. Using two instances of "it" is confusing because the reader needs to guess what each it refers to.

To be more clear you could replace each "it" with more specific details or emotive words.

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