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    Subject and verb agreement

    Hello everyone,


    "The rumbling traffic and hectic work schedules leave/ leaves one tired and exhausted."

    I wish to know in the above sentence what is apt-leave/leaves?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Subject and verb agreement

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    Hello, Spooky:

    I believe that the simple subjects are "Traffic and schedules ______ one tired and exhausted."

    I think that you can now choose the correct verb form. Am I correct?


    James

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    Re: Subject and verb agreement

    Some would argue that as you have two subjects, the rumbling traffic and the hectic work scedules, then the verb must be plural - leave. However, informally, it's possible to consider the traffic and the work schedules to be one combined situation. That's why some speakers use the singular verb 'leaves.

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    Re: Subject and verb agreement

    Thank you The Parser and 5jj for clearing the confusion. Since, I am a freelance writer, I think I better use 'leave' rather than using any informal language that might irritate my client.

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