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    mean or means

    Which is the correct way of structuring this sentence?
    Whichever option is correct, please indicate why
    1. The right tools and employee know-how (means) that a project is well managed for all aspects of network performance.
    or ...
    2. The right tools and employee know-how (mean) that a project is well managed for all aspects of network performance.
    The 1st option sounds correct to me but I'm told that the 2nd option is the correct way.

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    Re: mean or means

    mean is the correct answer here because you have two subjects:1. the (right) tools, 2. (the employee) know-how. therefore, you need a plural verb as well. You may think that since know-how is uncount, it can take a singular verb but, the word and conjoins know-how with tools and the subject is taken as plural. Generally: subjects joined by and take plural verb.

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    Re: mean or means

    The sentence sounds a little awkward to me. It might be better if you said:

    1. Having the right tools and employee know-how means...

    MrP

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