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12.9 Compound Subjects

When two ore more subjects are compounded with and, they agree with a plural verb.
Rain makes arthritis flare up.
Rain and fog make arthritis flare up.
Application 11

When subjects are compounded with or or nor, the verb agrees with the subject closest to it.
Blueberries taste good after a spicy meal.
Either blueberries or pineapple tastes good after a spicy meal.
Either pineapple or blueberries taste good after a spicy meal.
Read the last two sentences aloud and listen to the way each verb agrees with the subject closest to it.

Application 12

Watch out for the difference between compound subjects joined by and and compound subjects joined by or or nor.
Rain and fog make arthritis flare up.
Rain or fog makes arthritis flare up.
Application 13

     

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