Many clauses and phrases make the noun known to the listener by telling the listener which person or thing we are talking about.

  • Can you give me the book on the table.
  • Did you read the book which I gave you?
  • etc.

The quote is from English grammar book, this is why I suppose everything should be correct. However, 'make' looks very weird to me. Isn't it a typo?

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    The verbal collocation is "to make (something) known", which is a periphrasis for reveal. The politician made his ire known via Twitter.
    – TimR
    Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 11:18

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The subject must agree in number with its verb.

This is the rule to be applied while deciding what to opt for. Thus, if a subject is singular, its verb must also be singular; if a subject is plural, its verb must also be plural.


This is a case of a compound sentence (means made up of two or more parts. Two or more words can be compounded or linked by joining them with any of three words: and, or, and nor)

Many clauses and phrases

The verb is singular if the two subjects separated by and refer to the same person or thing.

Both Clauses and Phrases are referring to the same thing. Hence, the verb make is correct.

  • What's the source of your quoted sentences? Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 7:24

I think because the subjects are clauses and phrases, which are plural, it should be 'make'.

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