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    verb agreement

    Mary reported that preparation of these documents (was, were) in process.

    I think the very is "was" because it refers to preparation. Is this correct?

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    Re: verb agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbie
    Mary reported that preparation of these documents (was, were) in process.

    I think the very is "was" because it refers to preparation. Is this correct?
    Absolutely correct! :D

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    This is a quite a common mistake where the subject has both singular and plural elements in it and people make the verb agree with the noun closest to it.

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