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  1. djmsstraub
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    Usage of is and are

    Having read the previous posts regarding the usage of is and are, I am still having trouble with the sentences included below - which is correct?

    1) "His mission focus, proactive leadership, and care for his personnel are unequaled."

    or

    2) "His mission focus, proactive leadership, and care for his personnel is unequaled."

    Please explain.

    Thank you.


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    Re: Usage of is and are

    The first one, I think.

    "His mission focus, proactive leadership, and care for his personnel are unequaled."

    As I understand, the sentence refers to three different aspects of the subject's activity: "mission focus", "proactive leadership", "care for personnel". So, we should use a verb in the plural in this case.

    But wait for other opinions, specially from a native!

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    Re: Usage of is and are

    Quote Originally Posted by Vanmee View Post
    The first one, I think.You are corrrect.

    "His mission focus, proactive leadership, and care for his personnel are unequaled."
    As I understand, the sentence refers to three different aspects of the subject's activity: "mission focus", "proactive leadership", "care for personnel". So, we should use a verb in the plural in this case.

    But wait for other opinions, specially from a native!
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