Which of the following is correct?
- "A lot of paper and cardboard is recycled"
- "A lot of paper and cardboard are recycled"?
It feels like the 1st sentence is correct, because we see the two materials as a whole, but I' m not sure.
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The first sentence is correct: "lot" is the subject of the sentence and is singular. "Is" agrees with it. "Paper and cardboard" are objects of the preposition "of" and modify the subject "lot."