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    SV Agreement

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by dillseed, Apr 19, 2014.

    I believe the verb choice below should be "are" because we have compound subjects. Correct?

    The excessive use of netspeak and low-quality posts is/are strongly discouraged.

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    Nope. The subject of the sentence is use, a singular. (netspeak and low-quality posts) is subordinated into a propositional clause headed by of; thus, the main verb of the sentence would not answer to that portion at all.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    wrey's right, of course... as he just about always is... [possibly even 'always' period!]
     

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