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    Default Plural/singular verb?

    We are employees of Quick Stop Convenience and RST video, respectively. As such, we have certain responsibilities which - though it may seem cruel and unusual - does include manning our posts until closing.
    This is a bit of dialogue from the movie "Clerks". I find this sentence odd from a grammar point of view. How can "does" refer to responsibilities? Even though I'm not a native speaker, I'd say: As such, we have certain responsibilities which - though it may seem cruel and unusual - do include manning our posts until closing. (Since responsibilities is plural). So do instead of does makes more sence.
    Can someone clear this up? I don't get it really...
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    Default Re: Plural/singular verb?

    You are correct. The verb should be do.

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    Default Re: Plural/singular verb?

    "Clerks" is a funny movie -- but I wouldn't look to Jay and Silent Bob for grammar.

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    Default Re: Plural/singular verb?

    Well, it wasn't Jay or Silent Bob who said that, it was actually Dante.

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    Default Re: Plural/singular verb?

    The plural subject is followed by it, which might account for the form used- the original subject has got lost behind the digression.

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