[Grammar] was/were

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rambharosey

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Do we say:

At stake was ethics, morality and freedom.

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At stake were ethics, morality and freedom.

Is there any grammar rule behind this?
 

MikeNewYork

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Yes, the rule is that a plural subject takes a plural verb. "Ethics, morality, and freedom" is a plural subject, so the verb should be "were".
 
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