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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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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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“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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“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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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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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 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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“I did this, which together with that, HAS/HAVE given me a foundation”

I am currently working on a letter and I wrote a sentence similar to this: I created my own goals, which, together with my studies in mathematics, has given me an excellent foundation for this ...
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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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Noun-verb agreement for a list of singular nouns including “I” and joined by “or” [duplicate]

I understand that when you have a list of singular nouns joined by "or", you should use a singular verb. Example: Either Chris or Len is the next player But what verb do you use if one of the ...
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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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“Here is Mrs. Johnson and her husband” or “Here are Mrs. Johnson and her husband”?

Which of these sentences is correct? Here are Mrs. Johnson and her husband. Here is Mrs. Johnson and her husband. Both are listed as correct in an English textbook - but is that really the truth? ...
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How to merge multiple subjects into single negative sentence?

I'm finishing abstract for my Bachelors thesis. I would like to get rid of not yet known repetition in following consequent sentences: Efficiency of these extracts in protection of medical plants ...
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Subject-verb agreement confusion [duplicate]

Let's consider this sentence: The postponement of marriage in order to accumulate credentials or job experience, the willingness to move to further career goals, and — in the case of bohemians — ...
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Compound subject or not? Plural or singular verb? [duplicate]

Is give or gives correct in the following sentence: Substantial experience combined with my programming skills give(s) me the expertise needed to complete the job efficiently. Is "combined with" ...
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Grammatical number of compound subjects with indefinite pronouns [duplicate]

Nobody from the Police Department and nobody from the Fire Department is/are going to the rescue. Which verb agreement is grammatical or preferable for other reasons? Similar examples: ...
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Use of semicolon between dependent clause and compound subject

Is is appropriate to use a semicolon in order to avoid comma ambiguity in sentences like the following? When they returned from the zoo; Charles, James, and Jane looked for new locations to visit.
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Enumeration with “all”

Consider this sentence: Your self-confidence, resilience and adaptability , all will help you integrate in this new competitive environment. My question is about the comma before all. I tried to ...
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May a linking verb be omitted in a sentence with compound subject?

Consider the sentence: Our son, John, is 15 and our daughter, Mary, 11. Is it grammatical? I have read such omission of the linking verb (especially is) in a sentence with a compound subject. I ...
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Punctuation and grammar “is important” or “are important”?

Should it be: Punctuation and grammar is important. or should it be: Punctuation and grammar are important. Does it make any difference in the following sentence: Both punctuation as well ...
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Compound subjects and compound sentences

Is this a compound sentence? 'John and Hary sang well.' This sentence can be resolved into two independent clauses: John sang well, and Hary sang well. Wren and Martin grammar says that if a ...
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Compound subject “or” [closed]

Do the girl or the boys like to play soccer? Does the girl or the boys like to play soccer? Which of the above is correct?
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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 ...
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“There (are/were/is/was) no pus or polyps.” Which is correct?

Someome asked me which of these sentences is correct: There are no pus or polyps. Or There were no pus or polyps. Honestly, both sound wrong to me. I'd say, there was neither pus nor polyps. ...
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Compound subject with “is” or “are” [duplicate]

I'm proofreading a text that includes the following passage: Semiology is defined in A Glossary of Literary Terms as ‘the systematic study of signs, as these function in all areas of human existence’....
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commas with asyndeton (series without 'and') at beginning of sentence

We don't put a comma between a subject and verb phrase, even with a series: My Dad, my sister, and my brother came home together. What about after a series that is an asyndeton, where the 'and' ...
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Is vs Are when subjects are -ing [duplicate]

Original sentence: Even being paid very well, and enjoying great working conditions, is not enough. Should not it be this? Even being paid very well, and enjoying great working conditions, are ...
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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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Are “there is” and “there are” with a compound subject, both correct? [duplicate]

Good pm, I would like to be further clarified if the following sentences are correct or incorrect, but I believe both are correct. There is a cat and a dog. There are a dog and a cat. My point ...
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Our hope and prayer is/are? [duplicate]

I have always said, "Our hope and prayer is..." but was recently corrected by my husband and told that the correct grammar would be, "Our hope and prayer are...". Which one is correct?
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“Full ten days”: “was” or “were”? [duplicate]

Finally, the Evaluation stage took place and did not take the full ten days that was projected. Above is a sentence from a report I am preparing. I had originally written "were" but changed it to "...
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2 Subjects in a sentence

So I read this sentence in a textbook but i don't know which subject, the bank or the corporate client, is having its foreign exchange risk decreased. I THINK its the corporate client... "For example,...
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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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“Fish and meat gives…” or “Fish and meat give…”? [duplicate]

Fish and meat gives us protein. Or Fish and meat give us protein. Thank you I appreciate your help.
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“X and Y is” or “X and Y are”? [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatical? Secondly, doing research and inventing new things are only possible if someone has understood the concepts in that particular topic or area. I'm concerned ...
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Is the the compound subject “I and my friend” grammatically correct as opposed to “My friend and I”?

Some people say it is outright wrong to use "I and my friend" or "I and my X". Their reasoning is it should be "My friend and I love the sun" is right because when separated "My friend loves the sun" ...
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Compound Predicate with two Prepositional Phrases / Preposition Deletion

My intention is to say that: (A) I will be traveling on Mon & Tue. I will be eating on Mon & Tue. Is this a correct paraphrase -?-> (B) I will be traveling and eating on Mon and Tue. Or ...
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Two gerunds and singular or plural verb?

What are the rules regarding two gerunds that are related to the same noun such as: Taking and filming hikes make me tick or Taking and filming hikes makes me tick Which one is correct?
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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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When should you repeat the same subject in a compound sentence?

I'd like to know when it is required to repeat the pronoun after a clause or an interjection within the same phrase. For example, which of these two phrases would be considered correct: I've recently ...
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was and were in the form “X, along with the Y's, [was/were] Z”

Consider the sentence: The aristocracy, as well as powerful merchant guilds, were viewed as restrictive to trade. Should this be The aristocracy, as well as powerful merchant guilds, was ...
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Compound subject and verb agreement [duplicate]

Consider the following sentence: The main culprit together with his associates was/were arrested. Which should be used, was or were?
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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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Can you use a contraction on a compound subject?

For example, it is perfectly normal to write "He's going to the store" but would writing "Bill and she've already left" or similar NOUN and NOUN'xx subjects? To me, it seems ...
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Appropriate management and supervision of tourism centers “is” or “are” essential? [duplicate]

Which one is correct and why? Appropriate management and supervision of tourism centers is essential. Appropriate management and supervision of tourism centers are essential.
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“How are Mike and Chris?” vs. “How is Mike and Chris?”

Which one of the following is correct? I think the first, but many people use the second as well. How are Mike and Chris? How is Mike and Chris?
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“the art and animation is” or “the art and animation are” [duplicate]

I'm unsure whether I should use "are" or "is" in the following sentence: "The art and animation in particular are incredible." or "The art and animation in particular is incredible." I'm sort of ...
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as the amount and variety of data increase(s)..?

I remember discussions of flour and butter - different subjects. What if the subject were the same but its two facets are meant: as the amount and variety of data increase(s)..?
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“Designs and artistic valour (are/is) something that (run/runs) in his blood.” [closed]

Designs and artistic valour are something that run in his blood. Designs and artistic valour is something that **runs* in his blood. Which sentence is correct?