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    Agreement: "Survey after survey" used as subject

    I have a tricky sentence for which I cannot determine the correct verb. Please help. The sentence is:
    "Survey after survey in virtually every sector reveal/reveals a deep erosion in confidence in leadership...."

    I'm thinking that it should be "reveal" because "survey after survey" would mean "more than one survey" or "all the surveys we've looked at", but I know that "after" is also a preposition and should be ignored when looking for agreement. Any thoughts?

    Thanks in advance,
    Shawn

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    Re: Agreement: "Survey after survey" used as subject

    Is this homework?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: Agreement: "Survey after survey" used as subject

    I know that "after" is also a preposition and should be ignored when looking for agreement
    You said it.

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    Re: Agreement: "Survey after survey" used as subject

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Is this homework?
    Not homework, no. I'm an editor working on a book.

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    Re: Agreement: "Survey after survey" used as subject

    In my opinion, "survey after survey" is singular.

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