I'm confused with this rule: 1. If one subject is singular and the other is plural, and the words are connected by the words "or," "nor," "neither/nor," "either/or," or "not only/but also," use the verb form of the subject that is nearest the verb.
And I came across this question: Not only the students but also the teacher (was, were) anxious to finish the lesson.
If the above rule is followed, the answer is WAS. However, if I use http://www.reverso.net/spell-checker/english-spelling-grammar/ to check, the answer is WERE.
Which is correct? Please enlighten me. Thank you.