thanks in advance for answering the following question. I am trying to figure out which one would be correct. I am in process of writing documentation on a technical subject and I was asked to replace 'accepts' with 'accept'. But not sure why.

  1. Both 'right-click'and 'double-click' accept 2 parameters
  2. Both 'right-click'and 'double-click' accepts 2 parameters


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    The word both denotes two - plural - so that the verb should also be plural. – mahmud koya Aug 13 at 15:08
  • Plurals accept, and a singular accepts. Dave accepts the situation / The workers accept the situation (Although I accept the exception of I) – Smock Aug 13 at 15:34

Build it in steps with this example:

Alice likes apples.
Bob likes apples.
Alice and Bob like apples.
Both Alice and Bob like apples.

I hope it is now clear why the sentence should read

Both 'right-click' and 'double-click' accept 2 parameters.

  • Weathervane thank you for the response. So, its same as @smock said, if its singular then accepts, if its plural, then accept. So nothing to do with perspective? like third-person perspective etc? – Murali Krishna Aug 13 at 16:07
  • That's incorrect. "Accept" follows the typical regular conjugation: (singular) I accept, you accept, he/she accepts; (plural) we accept, you accept, they accept. – Weather Vane Aug 13 at 16:11

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