In the sentence "Neither the council members nor the mayor supports the new parking restrictions." Why is "supports" the correct verb to use?
According to the Chicago Manual of Style, in a sentence with more than one subject, the subject that is closest to the verb determines the form of the verb:
Neither the council members nor the mayor supports the new parking restrictions.
Neither the mayor nor the council members support the new parking restrictions
If you believe that the plural form sounds better, Chicago suggests arranging the sentence so that a plural noun is closer to the verb than a singular noun.
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