A word or phrase coming between the subject and verb does not go against the subject-verb agreement.

 

The intervening word or phrase functions as a modifier that modifies the preceding subject. Examples of the intervening word or phrase include: includinglikepluswithaccompanied byalong withas well asin addition toone of, and together with. The intervening word or phrase does not mean the same as and and so does not compound the subject and make it plural. The subject still determines whether the verb is singular or plural in order to adhere to the subject-verb agreement.

 

Examples:

  • The farmhouse, including the tractor and a pickup, was (not were) damaged by the storm.
  • The girl like her elder sister has (not have) plump rosy cheeks.

  • Her computer plus her handbag was stolen from her car.

  • The woman with her daughter is selling flowers.

  • Mary, accompanied by her brother, goes (not go) to the movies at the weekend.

  • John along with his cousin often helps out on his uncle’s farm.

  • His father, as well as his uncle, is retiring at the end of this year.

  • The speaker, in addition to the guests, has arrived.

  • Mike, one of his brothers, has been selected for the national team.

  • The police inspector, together with an assistant, is now at the crime scene.