I wrote a sentence which was corrected by my teacher. When I asked them to explain, they weren't very clear.
Here's the sentence I wrote:
Busy restaurants and overcrowding on trains increase the risk of infection.
My teacher's correction:
Busy restaurants and overcrowding on trains increases the risk of infection.
My teacher told me that 'increase' needs present simple 's'. I am aware that in normal circumstances a gerund as the subject of the sentence requires the 's', but my sentence has multiple subjects.
To me, the noun phrase and gerund phrase act as 2 separate items and so we should consider the subject of the sentence to be plural. Thus, the 's' is not required.
Are there any rules taking priority here?