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Make the subject and verb agree with each other, not with a word that comes between them.

Examples

  • Incorrect: The Thanksgiving dinner, right down to the beautiful centerpiece, were devoured by the escaped grizzly.

  • Correct: The Thanksgiving dinner, right down to the beautiful centerpiece, was devoured by the escaped grizzly.

  • Incorrect: The cart, as well as its contents, were gone.

  • Correct: The cart, as well as its contents, was gone.

  • Incorrect: The girl, along with her classmates, like the new teacher.

  • Correct: The girl, along with her classmates, likes the new teacher.

    References

    More information about this rule is available from the following sources.

    Printed Resources: (see Books on Writing section)
  • Strunk and White: 1-9
  • Hacker: G1, especially a
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