Which one to use (is/ are ) for the following sentence :

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Corruption and decadence is a major theme in Eliot's poetry .

Is it a grammatical sentence ? Cannot we use are instead of is ?
 

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It depends on you- if you think of the two are pasrt and parcel of the same thing, then use the singular. If you see them as separate then use the plural. I think both work. However, I would use the plural as they are not automatically linked IMO:
Corruption and decay are major themes...
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almenea said:
Corruption and decadence is a major theme in Eliot's poetry .

Is it a grammatical sentence ? Cannot we use are instead of is ?

In terms of grammar, either 'is' or 'are' is fine. However, within the genre of Literature, corruption and decadence are generally dealt with as separate themes, so using 'are major themes' fits nicely. On the other hand, if Eliot's poetry ties corruption to decadence, then 'is a major theme' would be the better fit.

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Corruption without decadence seems failry straightforward, but how about the other way? ;-0
 
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