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    Hello

    I am writing some copy for a brochure. I'm writing about a husband and wife team. My questions is which of the following is correct:

    Husband and wife team x and y enjoys working etc.......

    or

    Husband and wife tem x and y enjoy working etc.....

    TIA

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    Re: Do I use singular or plural?

    as "team" is singular, then I would say use "enjoys"

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    Re: Do I use singular or plural?

    I would say enjoy. They enjoy working together. No one enjoys working with them

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    Re: Do I use singular or plural?

    Would you say the answer depends on whether "team" or "husband and wife" is the subject? My answer was predicated on "husband and wife" being adjectival.

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    Re: Do I use singular or plural?

    Welcome. If you register, you will be notified by email when an answer is posted.

    The subjects are underlined:

    Ex: The husband and wife team John and Sara enjoys...
    Ex: Husband and wife team John and Sara enjoy...

    In the first example, the phrase 'John and Sara' functions as an appositive. It renames or defines the subject. It's not the subject.

    In the second example the phrase 'Husband and wife' functions as an adjective modifying the coordianted noun phrase 'John and Sara'. That's why the verb is non-singular in that example.

    All the best.

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