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    Compound noun

    One of my foreign, non-native English speakers put this one to me, and I have to admit that I have no good answer for him: Why do we say, "Time and tide wait for no man" (compound subject, thus taking "wait"), but we then turn around and say, "Slow and steady winS the race"?


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    Re: Compound noun

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    One of my foreign, non-native English speakers put this one to me, and I have to admit that I have no good answer for him: Why do we say, "Time and tide wait for no man" (compound subject, thus taking "wait"), but we then turn around and say, "Slow and steady winS the race"?
    They are aphorisms, they are traditional, that's the way we say them.

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    Re: Compound noun

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    One of my foreign, non-native English speakers put this one to me, and I have to admit that I have no good answer for him: Why do we say, "Time and tide wait for no man" (compound subject, thus taking "wait"), but we then turn around and say, "Slow and steady winS the race"?
    "Slow and steady" is viewed as a single strategy here. "Time and "Tide" are seen as two separate entities.

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