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    #1

    was/were

    Do we say:

    At stake was ethics, morality and freedom.

    Or

    At stake were ethics, morality and freedom.

    Is there any grammar rule behind this?

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    #2

    Re: was/were

    Yes, the rule is that a plural subject takes a plural verb. "Ethics, morality, and freedom" is a plural subject, so the verb should be "were".

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