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Agreement With Compound Subjects Joined by And

I was surfing the internet the other day when I found this phrase: Instead your precious time and attention is wasted. To my ears, it sounds wrong. But I'm not a native English speaker, so I consulted ...
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Singular or plural following a list

Can anyone tell me if I should use inspire or inspires in this phrase? An extraordinary leader whose vision, values, integrity and boundless curiosity inspires all who follow in his footsteps.
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Singular verb after two noun phrases joined by "and" that can be thought of as a single thing

I am having trouble with the following sentence: "The complexity and diversity of the new platforms is worrying us." If "complexity" and "diversity" constitute two subjects, then the verb should ...
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Why is "each row and each column" followed by a singular verb in this sentence?

I am reading a book that contains the following text. A square matrix P is said to be a permutation matrix if each row and each column of P contains a single element 1, and the remaining elements ...
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Using a singular or plural verb after "and/or"

If the subject of a sentence is separated by "and/or", should the verb be pluralized, as with "and", or agree with the rightmost subject, as with "or"? For example: His co-workers and/or his boss ...
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"When all you hear is fear and lies"

The first time I heard it (When You Believe by Leon Jackson), my grammar instinct screamed "When all you hear are fear and lies." But then again, I feel that the phrase "all you hear are" sounds a ...
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"How are" or "How is" the wife and kid?

How are the wife and kid? How is the wife and kid? Which is more correct?
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Verb agreement in "Where is the Messiah and his Kingdom?"

Where is the Messiah and his Kingdom? I think it should be "Where are the Messiah and his kingdom"; it just sounds better! But my friends and even a teacher claim that "is" would be correct.
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Singular or plural verb for compound subject? [duplicate]

Which is correct? "When quality and integrity matter..." or "When quality and integrity matters..."?
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Singular or plural verb after a list with multiple "every"s?

Which sentence is correct? Every apple, every orange, and every pear is good for you. Every apple, every orange, and every pear are good for you.
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"...my passion for teaching and my knowledge of the English language makes me" or "...make me..."?

I am working on my resume. I don’t know if I should use make instead of makes in this sentence. I believe that my passion for teaching and my knowledge of the English language makes me an ideal ...
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"What is your name and height" or "What are your name and height"

When searching on Google, I found that it's a lot more common to use is than are in phrases such as "What is/are your name and date of birth?". Why is that? To me, it feels more natural to use is in ...
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Plural or singular verb when plural subject is separated by an "and"? [duplicate]

A similar question is here, in which a comma is used in place of a conjunction like and. I came across the following quotation of C. S. Lewis which reads, “What you see and what you hear depends ...
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Plenty of time, space, and money is needed or are needed?

Plenty of time, space, and money is/are needed This was part of a question on indefinite pronouns. The textbook said are was the correct answer, but I still feel I would say is. I was wondering if ...
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Can "time and convenience" take singular notional agreement in this sentence?

Time and convenience (is/are) turning friends and acquaintances away from our doors. Which is better in this context, 'is' or 'are'? Can the answer to this question be 'is' based on notional ...