Why is it sometimes I see a definite article + subject, plural, listed + singular verb? For example, the time and place is wrong. Is it because time and place are treated as a collective singular subject? Or should it be "the time and the place are wrong"?
I think you have a good feeling for the answer. People often treat 'time and place' as if it were a single thing (singular subject), almost as if it were the title of a book called 'The Time And Place' (which is singular because it is a title). It is, however, a compound subject just like 'the table and chair', and it can be replaced by using the pronoun 'they' (plural) and not 'it' (singular).
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