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I seem to remember learning a rule that the following sentence should be written like this (because of the conjunction "and") :

The future strength AND long-term stability of our company ARE rooted in a disciplined risk management strategy.

However, I'm seeing the singular 'is" used a lot in the company I work for:

The future strength AND long-term stability of our company IS rooted in a disciplined risk management strategy.

My question is whether or not they are both acceptable?

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The first is correct, and the second is not.

It's OK though because nobody pays much attention to such puffery.

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  • Hey Jeff. Thanks for your comment. I'm curious about your "puffery" comment though. I was curious about the structure of the sentence, so that means SOMEbody paid attention. Although I use this site frequently, this is the first question I posted. Do responses normally take the tone you've offered here?
    – MBD
    Aug 30, 2017 at 18:17

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