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    #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!

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    Piotr

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    Re: Problems with singular and plural form

    Welcome to the forums, Piotr.

    A case can be made to call of your alternatives correct.

    Start by reading the Similar Threads below, which the software has found for you thanks to your excellent title.

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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.

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    #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!

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    #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.

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    #6

    Re: Problems with singular and plural form

    Thank you guys!

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    Re: Problems with singular and plural form

    Please note that there is no need to write a new post to say "Thank you". Simply click on the "Thank" button in the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful. It's faster for all of us.
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