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Questions tagged [compound-subjects]

For questions about subjects containing two or more elements, joined together by words such as "and", "either/or", and "neither/nor."

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Should I say “they're my brother and sister” or “that's my brother and sister”?

This is a stand alone sentence, used as an exercise in learning Mandarin Chinese. It has no context. I feel that it is more natural to say "that's my brother and sister", in English. Am I wrong?
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How can I understand ‘neither’ in this context?

... ...in talking of library rules... ... “No cameras are allowed. And neither is making copies of anything.” How can I understand grammatically the use of ‘neither’ here? Neither is followed by ...
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Arithmetic expressions in words

Consider the following sentences, which I know are correct, as example; Two multiplied by two gives four. OR Two times two gives four. OR Two by two gives four. Two divided by two is one. Q1: ...
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“gerund + and/while + gerund + is”; which is more common, 'and' or 'while'?

Drinking and driving is dangerous.[1] Texting and driving is dangerous.[2] Yes, texting while driving is criminal.[2] Both styles are common, are both grammatical too? And which is more ...
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Which one is correct “Where are” or “Where is”?

I am confused which one is right. Where is personname1 and personname2 ? or. Where are personname1 and personname2 ?
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Which one is correct Is or Are?

"Measuring blood pressure and also heartbeat is/are important for everyone" "is" or "are" ? Why? I think "is" is correct but I'm not sure. Is the word "also" important here? Does it add another ...
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“There is” or “There are” a man and a woman?

There is a man and a woman standing nearby the drugstore. or There are a man and a woman standing nearby the drugstore. ?
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Not sure whether to use singular or plural

Is it correct to write happiness and prosperity are the result of diligent work or happiness and prosperity are the results of diligent work
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What does “privacy and security of information” mean?

The privacy and security of your personal information is important to us. It always confuses me if there is more than 1 noun before "of". Does it mean "the privacy of your personal information ...
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Do I use “makes” or “make” in this sentence?

Plastic bags are bad for the environment because making plastic bags and burning them make a lot of CO2. Plastic bags are bad for the environment because making plastic bags and burning them ...
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Which is correct with the subject “bad spelling and grammar”? IS/ARE turn-offs/a turn-off

Bad spelling and grammar is a major turn-off. Bad spelling and grammar are a major turn-off. Bad spelling and grammar are major turn-offs. Which of the sentences above is correct?
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Composite subject

"We fellows will also get dressed for dinner." What kind of function does the word "fellows" bear in the sentence above ?
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Envy and jealousy is/are bad [closed]

My question is about subject-verb agreement when the subject consists of two (or more) synonyms joined by 'and'. Which sentence is correct? Envy and jealousy is bad. Envy and jealousy are bad.
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Plural (or singular) verb for subjects referring to one thing?

Once I read in a website that when there are multiple subjects in a sentence and they all refer to one thing or person, the verb should be in singular form. Now, I am wondering if the following ...
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John's and Tom's sugar IS different or ARE different?

When I say "John's sugar and Tom's sugar are different", I know it must be plural because there are two items in the subjective. However, in "John's and Tom's sugar", there's only one item, so I ...
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In the sentence: “Drinking and driving IS dangerous”, why does the verb “to be” need to be singular?

In the sentence: "Drinking and driving is dangerous". Drinking and driving are both subjects and the word dangerous is the object (I think) but why do I have to use the verb to be in singular?
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Many a teacher and many a student has/have

Many a teacher and many a student has attended the lecture. Many a teacher and many a student have attended the lecture. Which one is correct? And why?
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Compound sentence with adjective clause

Wanted to know whether the following sentence is a compound sentence. These apples look very red and juicy. Specifically, can this sentence be read as below and therefore marked as a compound ...
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Complex subject

Someone argued with me on this phrase. The most important reason for studying abroad which helps to develop self confidence because you are always alone. I told him this was a wrong sentence as ...
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Do I use the Subject right in this sentence [As a research assistant for professor]?

Hi here is a sentence in my personal statement for grad school, and I am not sure which expression I should choose. As a research assistant for professor X, my objective was to do... Or As a ...
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Joining word “And” with adjectives

I often meet "and" being used with adjectives when speaking of a singular object. He has blond and curly hair. Instead of: He has blond curly hair. She is an attractive and young woman. Instead of: ...
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Can't we use “you and I” here?

It's a line taken from One Direction's song History. You and me got a whole lot of history Shouldn't we use "You and I" instead of "You and me" in above sentence.
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Verb agreement: The behavior of X and Y “was” or “were” considered?

Which is correct of the following (or better to use): The behavior of X and Y was considered. or The behavior of X and Y were considered.
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Should I use 'is' or 'are' with this complex subject?

What form of to be would be right to use in this case? Why drug abuse in general and cannabis consumption in particular is/are dangerous for your health.
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Correct grammar when listing objects with an attribute

I have three cars, all of them are white. I wish to form a sentence where I list the cars separately as: first, second and third, and then say they are all white. I'm unsure what is the correct form: ...
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“The ebb and flow of the tides ARE (IS?) now understood” - compound subject and verb coordination

Correct the sentence: The ebb and flow of the tides / are / now understood. In the above sentence I can go by two ways: First is that according to are I should be using the before flow thus ...
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subject-verb agreement problem

Example with a context (How Putin could lose power): However, the very fact that the West and those Russians in the know were alarmed, and that even the Kremlin apparatus seemed clumsy and unsure ...