I want to express “A and B give C”.

However, I want to state that as “A, (together with B), [give/gives] C.”

What should I use? Give or gives.

  • A & B give something to C. You use give because A & B form a they as a subject. – Alejandro Apr 17 '16 at 16:29
  • @Ustanak Sorry for the misleading. The original meaning is "Fact A and fact B generate/produce/yield fact C." – Mick Apr 17 '16 at 16:32
  • Apparently both are correct...."Mathematical texts tend to use the singular verb more often, and other written material seems to use the plural verb more often" english.stackexchange.com/questions/9053/… – JavaLatte Apr 17 '16 at 19:30

Interesting question. To my ear, your second sentence should use the the third person singular conjugation(i.e. 'gives').

A grammatical justification would be that our subject is still only A, which by itself necessarily requires a third person singular conjugation. Your addition of "together with B" modifies A but does not change the subject, therefore, we must still use the conjugation 'gives'. Hope this helps!

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