Is the verb in the following sentence singular and is the pronoun plural?
Bread and cheese is his usual meal and he has been living on them for two months?
(Not a teacher)
'Bread and cheese' is one foodstuff, as Kondorosi said, and so the verb is singular. Also, I think 'with' is a better conjunction to use instead of 'and' if it is one meal.
The plural 'them' does seem inconsistent. Perhaps the argument for it is that 'them' is a pronoun for the ingredients 'bread and cheese', rather than the combined food.
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I think what you have said here is correct. The pronoun is ambiguous - whether it refers to the meal, or the ingredients. Using the singular 'it' shows you mean the meal, using the plural 'them' shows you mean the ingredients. Since the meal and the ingredients are essentially the same, it doesn't matter which you are referring to in this situation.
And poor guy! Only having bread and cheese!
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