pluralizing when two consecutive verbs


We are creating job descriptions that typically start out with two verbs, and we are wondering if we pluralize both verbs, or just the second verb.
For example, is it...
Monitors and maintains the office database. (an 's' at the end of both verbs)
Monitor and maintains the office database. (an 's' at the end of only the second verb)
Deploys and oversees projects.
Deploy and oversees projects.
etc., etc.
In other words, does placing the 's' in only the second verb work for both the first and second verb???

IMPORTANT: please provide evidence that confirms this 's' rule by linking to the grammar rule that supports your claim

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I don't need to supply any evidence, because the answer to your question is quite simple.  Yes, each of the verbs must agree with the subject!  For example: The new employee will monitor and maintain..., or Our manager monitors and maintains... or I have monitored and maintained... It is very basic.  Basic questions are welcome here, but none of us have time to look up sources going back to what we studied in Grade 2 Reading.  Do a Google search if you don't believe me, or ask a 12 year old student you might know.

link answered Jun 05 '13 at 14:49 Shawn Mooney Expert

Well said.

Patty TJun 05 '13 at 14:54

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Indeed! The best way to check this is to read the sentence twice with only one verb each time.


The manager maintains the office database.


The manager monitors the office database.


The manager monitors and mantains the database.


Like Shawn and Ahmad said, this is something I just reviewed with my first graders!

link comment answered Jun 06 '13 at 04:45 buffi New member

I agree too. It is all about the subject that precedes the verbal descriptions. It probably is 'the employee', inwhich case the double verb is a compound predicate of a single subject. It follows normal rules of agreement. I suggest you cite 'Grade 1 teacher' as reference. :-)

link comment answered Jun 06 '13 at 02:00 Ahmad Barnard Expert

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