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Thread: Was versus were

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    Default Was versus were

    Which sentence is correct and why?


    On January 1, 2005, a summons and complaint was filed.

    On January 1, 2005, a summons and complaint were filed.

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    Default Re: Was versus were

    You'll see both used. It depends whether you think of them as two separate things or as one. The singular sounds more formal to me.

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