What is the correct verb
The minutes of the Stockholders Meeting was presented and discussed
The minutes of the Stockholders Meeting were presented and discussed
Should it be was or were?
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"The minutes of the Stockholders Meeting were presented and discussed" is the correct sentence. The subject 'minutes' is plural, and it should take a plural verb (were).
Minutes, also known as protocols or, informally, notes, are the instant written record of a meeting or hearing. They typically describe the events of the meeting and may include a list of attendees, a statement of the issues considered by the participants, and related responses or decisions for the issues".
minutes plural noun : the written record of what was said at a meeting
(from the Cambridge Dictionary)
Trousers are always spoken as if plural.
I put on my gray trouser.
I have your trouser.
I put on my gray trousers.
I have your trousers.
Unlike them, the minutes of a meeting are a list of events, whereas the report of the minutes of a meeting is a [singular report of a] list of events.
You can clarify by adding an object:
"Minutes"or "issues or topics" when understood and discussed individually at a meeting, is considered plural and therefore the term takes a plural verb.
However, when "minutes' is taken to mean as a single "report", it should take a singular verb. Examples: