In this quote, should it be ensure or ensures?

Comprehensive experience in all aspects of entertainment and media law in combination with exceptional people and project management skills ensures excellence at every level.


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I believe it is ensure.

While longer, you are essentially saying [A] and [B] ensure [C].

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    The subject is "comprehensive experience", therefore, it's "ensures". But it is a very messy and poorly written sentence.
    – Lambie
    Aug 3, 2018 at 13:26
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    Comprehensive experience [in all . . .] ensures . . . Aug 3, 2018 at 15:42
  • I disagree, it's a compound subject, albeit awkward: "Comprehensive experience in all aspects of entertainment and media law--in combination with (aka AND)--exceptional people and project management skills ensure excellence at every level."
    – Karen927
    May 30, 2019 at 22:19

For easier understanding, the sentence can be re-written as:

... experience ... ensure(s) excellence... in combination with ... people ... and ... skill ...

Since the subject is "experience", the verb must be in singular: "ensures".

However, the original sentence is definitely not a model on how to use English properly. While correct, it is difficult to understand. Until you have enough words to have a meaning, one already forgets the beginning.

  • "in combination with" is another way of saying "and". It's a compound subject and therefore it agrees with third person plural.
    – Karen927
    May 30, 2019 at 22:22

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