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The office with all its modern furniture and equipments were/was sold for a meagre amount.

As per my understanding it should be were because we're connecting the two entity with and but my friend told me that when we use with, along the verb is decided by the first subject. Hence, was is apt here. This led me to a trouble. Please clear my doubt.

  • Preposition ‘with’ doesn’t really make your singular subject ‘office’ into plural. ‘With’ doesn’t work like conjunction ‘and’. See, this example of plural subjects using plural verb: The office and the company car were sold at a profit. – EnglishLearner Apr 12 '13 at 14:37
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Here you need to be clear what the subject of the sentence is, i.e., what is being sold. The subject is "office" and it includes furniture and equipment. Hence, the correct verb would be was which is the appropriate one for "office". The equipment and furniture are not subjects here.

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    +1. I agree. As with Sudhir's example in a similar question, the structure can be made clearer by placing with all its modern furniture and equipments between commas. – Barrie England Apr 12 '13 at 9:49
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    +1 The "giveaway" is that the phrase with all its modern furniture and equipments can be moved without changing the meaning of the sentence: The office was sold for a meagre amount, with all its modern furniture and equipments. – StoneyB on hiatus Apr 12 '13 at 10:12

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