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  1. Senior Member
    Interested in Language
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    #1

    spades and a powerful pruner is/are

    For the following active to passive voice exercise, the answer given is “is”. I’d used ‘are’ because I thought ‘forks, spades and a powerful pruner’ meant plural subject. Why is the correct verb 'is'?

    Question: They often use forks, spades and a powerful pruner.

    My answer: Forks, spades and a powerful pruner are often used by them.

    Thank you.

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    Retired English Teacher
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    #2

    Re: spades and a powerful pruner is/are

    You are right.

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