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    Which one is correct?

    There was/were one girl and two boys water-skiing on the lake this morning. I chose were. Is this a right choice? If not, why?

    Thanks

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by mailan View Post
    There was/were one girl and two boys water-skiing on the lake this morning. I chose were. Is this a right choice? If not, why?

    Thanks
    I am pretty sure your teacher would prefer that you had answered was. However, the sentence says that there were three people altogether, so the compound subject is plural in form, and so the use of were is correct as well.


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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Oh dear, these compound/non-compound situations!

    In this case I would say "were" as there are three individuals cited, not a group of individuals.

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