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I think this sentence is grammatically incorrect, but I am not sure what the author lacks here. Can somebody help me?

Signals from Washington that it was prepared to take further action against the Syrian government if it thought it was using chemical weapons was the main driver, with uncertainty about forthcoming elections in France also simmering.

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-markets-idUSKBN17B135?il=0

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    If "strict mode" is on, subject-verb number agreement. With your edit, you have bolded an if-clause along with the predicate of the main clause. Signals... is the subject. The main verb is was [sic]. Put a comma after government and after weapons. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Apr 11 '17 at 11:15
  • @TRomano: I don't think so, because if "signals" is the subject, the main verb can't be "was". – haile Apr 11 '17 at 11:18
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    @haile: When TRomano writes [sic] it means "this is what is written, but I don't think it's right". He is indicating that was should be were. en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/sic – JavaLatte Apr 11 '17 at 11:20
  • The writer/editor should have reviewed this for clarity. – user3169 Apr 11 '17 at 23:52
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As always, you need to look at the context. Here's what the sentence means, with some text from the preceding paragraph added and the clauses rearranged and annotated for ease of understanding:

Nervous investors turned to the safety of gold: signals from Washington were the main driver. The signals were that [Washington] was prepared to take further action against the Syrian government if [Washington] thought [Syria] was using chemical weapons.

Looking at it the original text, I have highlighted the main clause: we can see that was should be were in order to agree with signals:

Signals from Washington that it was prepared to take further action against the Syrian government if it thought it was using chemical weapons were the main driver, with uncertainty about forthcoming elections in France also simmering

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