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    Interest VS interests in THIS phrase

    I understand the concept of countables and uncountables in interest(s).

    Engineering and Math interest me.
    Books interest him.
    His interests include sports.
    he only seeks his own interests.
    however, the OR is bothering me here. do we say:

    Engineering or Business in PwC interest me.
    or do we say:
    Engineering or Business in PwC interests me.

    this is for a cover letter.
    appreciate any help.

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    Re: Interest VS interests in THIS phrase

    Welcome to the forum, Mike.

    Why do you need to use 'or'?

    Say 'My interests include engineering and business in PwC'.

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    Re: Interest VS interests in THIS phrase

    Also, this is not about countable and uncountable nouns. It's about subject-verb agreement. If you have two singular nouns joined by "or", use a singular verb.

    For example,
    I think engineering or chemistry interests my daughter.

    In your sentences, "engineering" and "business" should not be capitalized. Also, the structure is confusing because it can imply that PwC offer engineering training. Use the version suggested by Rover_KE in the post above.

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