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    was/were

    The establishment of Kaimyo-in and the enshrinement of the wooden Gohonzon was/were our long-cherished dream. (Kaimyo-in is the temple. Gohonzon is the object of worship.)

    Which verb should be used? Many thanks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    The establishment of Kaimyo-in and the enshrinement of the wooden Gohonzon was/were our long-cherished dream. (Kaimyo-in is the temple. Gohonzon is the object of worship.)

    Which verb should be used? Many thanks.
    Ask yourself if the subject is singular or plural.

    Have you considered rewording your sentence? How about "It was our dream to establish..."?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    The establishment of Kaimyo-in and the enshrinement of the wooden Gohonzon was/were our long-cherished dream. (Kaimyo-in is the temple. Gohonzon is the object of worship.)

    Which verb should be used? Many thanks.
    '...our long cherished dream' is singular so it should be 'was'.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    '...our long cherished dream' is singular so it should be 'was'.
    I disagree, bhaisahab.

    The subject is "establishment and enshrinement".

    You make the verb agree with its subject, not with a predicate noun.

    Examples:

    The best part of the program is the vocal duets.

    Men are a necessity in her life.

    Accordingly, it should be the establishment and enshrinement were...

    The sentence, however, can be improved by rewording it.

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    Thanks, Baffled and Bhaisahab.

    Baffled, could you please rephrase the sentence for me so that it is better than the one I posted? I am at a loss how to do it.

    Many thanks.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 19-Feb-2009 at 16:30. Reason: spotted error


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    The establishment of Kaimyo-in and the enshrinement of the wooden Gohonzon was/were our long-cherished dream.
    Tan Elaine,

    You can use was, if you're willing to drop the "and."

    The establishment of Kaimyo-in, as well as the enshrinement of the wooden Gohonzon, was our long-cherished dream.

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    Hi Baffled

    Please see my earlier post above yours requesting you to rephrase the sentence for me. Many thanks for your suggestion below.

    Quote Originally Posted by Baffled View Post
    Tan Elaine,

    You can use was, if you're willing to drop the "and."

    The establishment of Kaimyo-in, as well as the enshrinement of the wooden Gohonzon, was our long-cherished dream.


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    It was (or has been, depending on the situation) our long-cherished dream to establish Kaimyo-in and enshrine the wooden Gohonzon.

    This seems to end abruptly.

    If it tells the story you want to tell, I would use this:

    "The establishment of Kaimyo-in, as well as the enshrinement of the wooden Gohonzon, was our long-cherished dream."

    OR (if you're giving a speech commemorating the completion of the project)

    "The establishment of Kaimyo-in, as well as the enshrinement of the wooden Gohonzon, has been our long-cherished dream. Today as we stand here to celebrate the fulfillment of that dream, we cannot but express our sincere gratitude to all those who helped make this dream a reality."

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    Many thanks, Baffled.

    "The establishment of Kaimyo-in, as well as the enshrinement of the wooden Gohonzon, has been our long-cherished dream. Today as we stand here to celebrate the fulfillment of that dream, we cannot but express our sincere gratitude to all those who helped make this dream a reality."

    Is it better if I rephrase the above bold part as follows:

    ...has long been our cherished dream...

    Thanks, again.

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    Whew, we're getting fancy here! Allow me to get back to basics.

    To answer the original question: were. There are two nouns: establishment and enshrinement.

    So - why rephrase? Because since dream is singular, were sounds awkward. So rephrasing is a good idea.

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