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    Does(Do) the fog and rain affect the animals

    Does the fog and rain affect the animals in the rainforest in a bad way?
    Does (Do)the fog and rain affect the animals in the rainforest in a bad way?

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    In the sentence, are 'does' and 'do' both acceptable?

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    Re: Does(Do) the fog and rain affect the animals

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    Does the fog and rain affect the animals in the rainforest in a bad way?
    Does (Do)the fog and rain affect the animals in the rainforest in a bad way?

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    In the sentence, are 'does' and 'do' both acceptable?
    I would use "do".

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    Re: Does(Do) the fog and rain affect the animals

    It is phrased as a combination of things ("fog and rain"), not as two separate things. So I would also say do.


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    Re: Does(Do) the fog and rain affect the animals

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    Does the fog and rain affect the animals in the rainforest in a bad way?
    Does (Do)the fog and rain affect the animals in the rainforest in a bad way?

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    In the sentence, are 'does' and 'do' both acceptable?
    Although I fear to raise another long debate among the distinguished teachers here, I would say that the little word "the" changes things. What does "the" modify? I would say "fog and rain," seen as a unit. Hence, I would say you could get away with either does or do here.

    It is, however, a fine point. Generally speaking, when your subject is two distinct items you will use the plural for of the verb: "do."

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    Re: Does(Do) the fog and rain affect the animals

    Quote Originally Posted by kfredson View Post
    Although I fear to raise another long debate among the distinguished teachers here, I would say that the little word "the" changes things. What does "the" modify? I would say "fog and rain," seen as a unit. Hence, I would say you could get away with either does or do here.

    It is, however, a fine point. Generally speaking, when your subject is two distinct items you will use the plural for of the verb: "do."
    That is exactly right.

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