The computed minimum f0 (f0Min), maximum f0 (f0Max) and mean f0 (f0Mean) of each utterance (in Hertz) within all attitude types was/were(?) standardized as follows:...

There are three things before "was/were", but everyone is singular, so, should I use "was" or "were"?

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    You’ve got three subjects connected by and. Oct 10, 2014 at 8:27
  • So you mean they have transformed into a singular?
    – Ping Tang
    Oct 10, 2014 at 8:41
  • Not so, it's rule #4 from here Oct 10, 2014 at 9:03
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    Alternatively you could structure the sentence "We standardize the computed minimum, maximum, and mean of each utterance as follows..." Oct 10, 2014 at 11:24

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The verb is linked to the noun "the computed X, Y and Z" where all three can be looked collectively. Hence they are plural and plural verb will be used. i.e. "were"

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