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Nov 13 2008   1:51PM GMT

Quiz: Writing for business — one or more: was or were?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing1.jpg Which is correct?
One or more errors _____ encountered during installation.
a. was
b. were

Answer: b

When a compound subject includes a singular and a plural noun or pronoun, the verb should agree with the subject that is closer to it in the sentence.

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  • Terencefreedman
    Your response was an example of the use of a superlative where a comparative is required: closer.
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  • 1rabella
    Aha! You're right. Thanks for the reminder.
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