Fish and meat gives us protein.


Fish and meat give us protein.

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    Fish and meat isn't normally taken as a monolithic unit (this sentence notwithstanding), so pick plural agreement in your sentence.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Oct 3, 2017 at 15:28

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Fish and meat give us protein. [plural]

Jack and Jill go up the hill. [plural]

Jack and Jill is a nice story. [singular]

Fish and meat is sometimes called "surf and turf". [singular]

Conclusion: use plural with X and Y unless "X and Y" is a singular entity.

Note the last example considers the (ungodly) combination of fish & meat.

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    Another classic example is "Bacon and eggs is my favourite breakfast".
    – BillJ
    Commented Oct 3, 2017 at 17:47
  • Very nice answer. +1. Commented Oct 4, 2017 at 3:09

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