General Writing and Grammar Help/Singular vs plural


Is the following sentence correct:

Compare the pros and cons of the different machines and pick one that fits your needs and wallet.

I think it should be fit, am I right..
Thank you.


The subject of this compound sentence is (you) understood. The verbs are compare and pick, both imperative. Pros and cons are the direct objects of compare. One (singular) is the direct object of pick and subject of the restrictive clause that follows it. Since one is singular the verb must also be singular, thus fits.

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Jerry Leone


I`ve taught writing or some aspect of the English language for nearly 35 years. I can answer nearly any question on grammar, usage or meanings of words above dictionary usage. An avid crossword fan and writer, I can also answer questions about business presentations and resumes.


I have worked with words all my life as a teacher of the language and as an amateur and professional writer. Communication is a vital force in my life and everyone else's.

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BA in English from the University of Buffalo, MEd in English from SUNY Buffalo, MA in English Literature from SUNY Buffalo. Course work in Journalism from Syracuse Univ., in Linguistics from Rutgers Univ. and Journalism from Univ. of Texas and Ohio Univesrity.

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