A friend said to me that two (or more) to-infinitives are treated as singular (whereas gerunds can be treated as plural depending on the situation). Is it true?

Or, in this example sentence, which verb should I use?

"To control the process and to make improvement (was/were) my objectives."

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    That's up to the speaker. If they intend the two infinitives to refer to a single event or state or phenomenon or action or whatever, they can use the singular: To wash the car and to dry it in the shade is my objective. Contrariwise, they can refer to two separate things, and get the plural: To repair the steps and to paint the porch are my objectives. – John Lawler Feb 21 at 1:04

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