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Jun 1 2009   8:38PM GMT

Subject – verb agreement and the parenthetical phrase



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Tags:
Business writing
CIO
is/are
Quiz
subject/verb agreement
typing Which is correct?
Easy administration, as well as greater security, ___ expected when you install an IP surveillance system.
a. is
b. are

Answer: a.

Explanation: The part between commas is a parenthetical phrase — ignore it when you’re identifying the subject. Administration is the subject in this sentence, so that’s what the verb has to agree with.

See more about subject and verb agreement here.

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