Posted by: Margaret Rouse
agreement, CIO, is / are, subject-verb agreement
|Which is correct?
The cost of hardware, software applications and related services _______ applied specifically to the business unit that uses the technology.
Explanation: The subject of the sentence is cost. It is singular and requires a singular verb. “Of hardware, software applications and related services” is a prepositional phrase. When matching up subject and verb for agreement, ignore prepositional phrases.