Is the verb tense and the commas used correctly in the first sentence?

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Scruffy and his brother, Jack, were found in a box along the side of the road.

 

There are two characters so, were sounds right to me.

 I am pretty sure the second sentence is wrong.

 

Scruffy and his brother, Jack was found in a box along the side of the road.

 

Please settle our dispute!

 

asked Mar 05 '11 at 00:08 Shari New member

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The first sentence is correct.

 

"Scruffy and his brother" is a compound (plural) subject. ", Jack," is an appositive which gives further information about Scruffy's brother; it should not be taken as a singular subject just because it is close to the verb.

 

To test whether the verb should be plural or not, change the subject to a pronoun:

 

"Scruffy and his brother"= "they"

"They were found in a box along the side of the road."

 

Side note: the word "along" is not quite correct for this sentence. A box is not an object which can be found strung out along the side of the road. Rather, a box is found in one place on the side of the road or at the side of the road.

link comment answered Mar 07 '11 at 04:56 Collane Ramsey Expert

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