should the verb be "was" or "were"

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"Two main rebel groups in Sudan and the Sudanese Government signed a ceasefire and Brian Steidle, along with two other men, was sent to monitor the situation." *****the question we have is...should it be was or were????

asked Apr 30 '13 at 00:17 Donna Nadratowski New member

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amrita royApr 30 '13 at 14:35

THE ANSWER: WAS (THE SUBJECT: BRIAN STEIDLE)

ernesto teologoMay 01 '13 at 18:17

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Great question.  Here is the best advice, from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/599/01/):

Expressions such as with, together with, including, accompanied by, in addition to, or as well do not change the number of the subject. If the subject is singular, the verb is too. The President, accompanied by his wife, is traveling to India. All of the books, including yours, are in that box.” By this rule, your subject, Brian Steidle, is a singular proper noun and the verb must agree with it.  Choose was.

link comment edited Apr 30 '13 at 01:41 Shawn Mooney Expert
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Since Brian Steidle is the subject, the verb should be 'was.'

link comment answered Apr 30 '13 at 07:35 Kathy Plumstead New member

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