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    #1

    "our attitude towards it make/makes us miserable"?

    Not only pain but also our attitude towards it makes us miserable.
    Not only pain but also our attitude towards it make us miserable.


    Would either work?

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    Re: "our attitude towards it make/makes us miserable"?

    I would use something like Both pain and our attitude....

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    Re: "our attitude towards it make/makes us miserable"?

    Good question! I'd use the singular, but I don't think anyone would mind of you used the plural. The "but also" part seems parenthetical to me.

    Also, using but not rather than and points me to the singular.

    But I also like Tdol's instinct: when in doubt, rephrase!

    Other opinions?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: "our attitude towards it make/makes us miserable"?

    Experts say that physical pain is real, but our emotional investment in the pain makes it worse. I work with animals. They don't do that.

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