S/V agreement

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S/V agreement

Post by Rustamsher » Sun Jun 09, 2013 3:42 pm

Neither the students nor the teacher ... to make up the class they missed.

(a) wants
(b) want
(c) had wanted
(d) have wanted

My tutor said that only (a) is correct. I think (b) is also correct (at least) in British English.
Am I right?

Dear Mr Alan, could you explain this case thoroughly to me?
Many thanks..

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Re: S/V agreement

Post by Alan » Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:54 am

Yes, many BrE speakers would accept a plural verb here.