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Nov 25 2008   4:25PM GMT

Writing for Business – is/are



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
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agreement
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is / are
subject-verb agreement
walter_bender2.jpg Which is correct?

The cost of hardware, software applications and related services _______ applied specifically to the business unit that uses the technology.
a. is
b. are

Answer: a

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.

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