What is correct:

1) Books and music makes life even better


2) Books and music make life even better

(saw a quote #1 and t-shirt with #2)

  • #1 is ungrammatical, but perhaps it's ironic commentary.
    – deadrat
    Commented Oct 10, 2016 at 5:52
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    #1 could possibly be correct in the context that books and music are closely linked, as forms of intellectual/cultural stimulation — just as bacon and eggs is my favorite breakfast, and peanut butter and jelly is my favorite sandwich. Commented Oct 10, 2016 at 7:47

1 Answer 1


Depending on intent and logic, both expressions could be right. If you choose to establish a connection between music and books, or, if you wish to herald that they (music and books) go in tandem then

Music and books makes/is/has/…

will be appropriate – just as:

Chicken and chips is good for lunch.

But, if the two matters are considered separate or separately, then a plural verb will suffice:

Music and books make/are/have/…

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