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In the following sentence construct:

[...], together with [...], make [...]

Would "make" be considered singular (and thus take an s), or plural?

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  • I would read the central phrase as parenthetical, therefore secondary. If the opening subject is singular, it makes sense to use a singular verb to match it. – Yosef Baskin Apr 4 '17 at 21:49
  • See also the linked questions – sumelic Apr 4 '17 at 23:39

This would depend on whether the first "[...]" is singular or plural.

[...], together with [...], make [...]

  • If it is singular, then the verb will be makes

  • If it is plural, then the verb will be make

I base my response on the following clarifications:

  • Punctuations in the question specify that focus is more on the first "[...]". The first "[...]" is the subject as far as the sentence is concerned.
  • Without the punctuations, it can be argued that either the first or the second "[...]" can be a subject depending on the context.
  • Please do not use "the below"; use "the following" or "this" instead. Please do not use backticks to format code on ELU because we don't have code here. – tchrist Jun 11 '17 at 16:51

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