A word or phrase coming between the subject and verb do not affect the subject-verb agreement.

 

The words and phrases that are often used between the subject and the verb include: including, like, plus, with, accompanied by, along with, as well as, in addition to, one of, and together with. They do not mean the same as and and so do not compound the subjects and make them plural. But the subject still determines whether the verb is singular or plural in order to adhere to the subject-verb agreement. The intervening word or phrase functions as modifiers which do not normally affect the verb. They modify the preceding noun which is the subject.

 

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 (not are) 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.