was given or were given

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Which verb is correct?

See example:

According to the author (Galvin, 2005) the Leapfrog Group initiative was implemented by consumers and employers to ensure patient safety and reduce medical errors (Galvin, 2005).
asked Apr 12 '13 at 14:38 Janet Crittenden New member

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Your example sentence concerns a single initiative so "was" is the correct form.

You have stated the reference twice. Once is enough.

link comment answered Apr 12 '13 at 15:16 Simon Jones Contributor
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In addition, you need a comma after the introductory participle phrase.

 

According to the author (Galvin, 2005), the Leapfrog Group initiative was implemented by consumers and employers to ensure patient safety and reduce medical errors.

link comment answered Apr 12 '13 at 16:07 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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