If I say

Sick, leave and benefit entitlement information is available here

Should I use is or are here in this sentence?

  • I would place a comma seperating"leave" and "benefit"
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jan 5, 2019 at 4:42

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"Information is."

The only situation requiring "are", would be if the subject were plural. But the subject is "information" (not "sick leave and benefit entitlement"), and the word "information" doesn't become plural just because it is about more than one topic.

Also, regarding the comma: if this about "sick leave", I think you should remove the comma because with the comma there, it sounds like the information is about 3 separate things: 1) "sick", 2) "leave", and 3) "benefit entitlement".

  • I really meant three separate things as sick entitlement is an HR term in my understanding. Please check this website employsure.com.au/blog/…
    – Ook
    Commented Jan 5, 2019 at 13:18
  • @ook There is no such thing, idiomatically, as sick entitlement. Unless you take it to be slang and interpret it as meaning wickedly cool entitlement. I read the sentence and immediately rephrased it in my head as Information about sick leave and sick leave benefits is available here. Commented Jan 5, 2019 at 16:07
  • @JasonBassford I guess it is not intuitive but I have some more reference on this here schools.essex.gov.uk/staff/payroll/Documents/… . The benefit entitlement is all about how much they can get reimbursed for their medical expense and other expenses but not about leave.
    – Ook
    Commented Jan 5, 2019 at 16:13
  • This is all specialized HR vocabulary and also only pertinent to the location in question. [.au ,. .uk , etc]
    – Lorel C.
    Commented Jan 5, 2019 at 16:23

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