# Thread: Problems with singular and plural form

1. ## Problems with singular and plural form

Which one is correct?

1a) The fundamental issue here IS the excessive dimensions of ...
2a) The fundamental issue here ARE the excessive dimensions of ...

Also, which of the following is correct?

1b) Factor A as well as factor B is accounted for...
2b)Factor A as well as factor B are accounted for...

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best regards,
Piotr

2. ## Re: Problems with singular and plural form

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3. ## Re: Problems with singular and plural form

I say "is" for either set. "Issue" is singular. The subject of the second set is "Factor A," which is also singular.

4. ## Re: Problems with singular and plural form

I would also say is for both, but I understand why Dave allows are.

#1 is an equation: The issue is the dimensions. Equations can be flipped: The dimensions are the issue. So which is the subject and which is the object: issue or dimensions? It's not clear. So Dave allows both is and are.

#2 can be read two ways. If you think as well as is parenthetical, then is is correct. If you think it's a synonym for and, then are is correct.

So it's a win-win-win-win!

5. ## Re: Problems with singular and plural form

When "along with" or "as well as" follows a singular subject a singular verb is required.

I would also use "is" for the first.

6. ## Re: Problems with singular and plural form

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