Suppose I have a list:
- 2 oranges,
- 3 kiwis, and
- 1 (+1) apples.
The second apple was added to the basket by someone else, but is of equal importance. Is the plural of apples correct, or should it be singular?
I have searched and could not find an answer, but I am also not sure how exactly to search for this question. I think these are similar questions, but am not quite sure how to relate it to this case:
- Singular or plural verb when pluralisation is used in parentheses
- When a sentence uses a parenthetical plural, should the rest of the sentence treat it as singular or plural?
Finally, this question Should I pluralize based on an item in parentheses is very similar, but in my case there is no flow to break, and both apples are the subject (?).