Subject-verb agreement


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"?

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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).

link comment answered Jun 06 '13 at 10:25 Ahmad Barnard Expert

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