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Policies and behavior are . . .

Posted: Sat May 04, 2019 2:34 am
by jamesadrian
The phrase "policies and behavior are . . . " seems odd to me because the word "policies" is plural while the word "behavior" is singular. There are two things here, so the word "are" seems appropriate, but must the two words that are both be plural?

Thank you for your help.

Jim Adrian

Re: Policies and behavior are . . .

Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 4:22 am
by Firefox
It would be helpful to have some CONTEXT :!: :mrgreen:

Like, can we see the full sentence. Or even paragraph. It makes a difference.

Re: Policies and behavior are . . .

Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 4:24 am
by Firefox
However, on the face of it there is nothing wrong with "policies and behavior are...".

The word behavior is an uncountable noun and seldom used in the plural.

Re: Policies and behavior are . . .

Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 10:57 am
by jamesadrian
Here is the whole thing:

Policies and behavior are perfected by caring about the wellbeing and happiness of everybody.

Thank you for your help.

Jim Adrian

Re: Policies and behavior are . . .

Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 11:46 am
by Joe
jamesadrian wrote:
Sun May 05, 2019 10:57 am
Policies and behavior are perfected by caring about the wellbeing and happiness of everybody. :ok:
That looks/sounds okay Jim.

It would certainly be wrong to say: "Policies and behavior is perfected..." :nok:

Re: Policies and behavior are . . .

Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 7:05 pm
by jamesadrian
In the past, I have rearranged whole paragraphs to get such sentences in the form of either two plural words or two singular words. I would do this in an attempt to avoid my uneasiness about not knowing rigorous rule about this. I wonder if one exists.

Thank you for your help.

Jim Adrian

Re: Policies and behavior are . . .

Posted: Mon May 06, 2019 3:13 am
by Firefox
There are no real "rules" about this. A lot of it is a question of common sense. One thing you could consider is saying "policy" instead of "policies". You would then have two uncountable nouns which are inherently singular. Then both of the following would be "grammatically" correct:

Policy and behavior are perfected by caring about the well being and happiness of everybody.
Policy and behavior is perfected by caring about the well being and happiness of everybody. [looking at policy & behavior as one concept]

Or you might consider:

Caring about people's well being improves policy and behavior.