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    Default Single subject (made plural by parentheses clause) single/plural verb?

    When you have a singular subject in a sentence and a clause in parentheses - which, if the parentheses didn't exist, would mean a plural verb was required -what is the correct form of verb?

    For example, what is the correct verb in (b) below:

    (a) The cat, and for that matter the dog, were vicious.
    (b) The cat (and for that matter the dog) was/were vicious.

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    Default Re: Single subject (made plural by parentheses clause) single/plural verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaggers View Post
    When you have a singular subject in a sentence and a clause in parentheses - which, if the parentheses didn't exist, would mean a plural verb was required -what is the correct form of verb?

    For example, what is the correct verb in (b) below:

    (a) The cat, and for that matter the dog, were vicious.
    (b) The cat (and for that matter the dog) was/were vicious.
    You still have a parenthesis in (a), but it's set off by commas rather than brackets (parentheses).
    I'd be inclined to use 'was' in both cases.

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