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Subject Verb Agreement sometimes causes me headache.
I would like to have your comment on the following sentence. Please !
The fisherman and the father of three sons, Mr James, (has/have) received the award.
In this case, would you please possibly decide which verb should be used in such sentence?
Of course, there is nothing to talk about if we write it in this way:
Mr James, the fisherman and the father of three sons, has receved the award.
Thanks in advance for your comment.
I agree with Raymond (and Glenn).
To get shoaib's meaning, I would add a comma:
The fisherman, and the father of three sons, Mr James, has received the award.
(In speech and rapidly produced text (like journalism) people frequently make the mistake of assuming that the verb should agree with the nearest grammatically-suitable noun.)