Turpissimus wrote:A more interesting question is, when you have two singular nouns joined by neither or and, which noun does the verb agree with. I can provide the answer in Latin, but ont in Greek.
I think usually with the nearest one. Even if one is plural and the other singular, the verb often agrees with the nearest one.
Turpissimus wrote:I believe that the Greek language is less logical than Latin, in that neuter plural nouns, when used as the subject, take a singular verb.
I have no idea whether one is more logical than the other, but there is some logic to that rule as well.
Neuter plural nouns are then not viewed as individual items but as one goup.
In English we often use a singular noun when we want to indicate a group.
A teacher might say that he is doing something for the benefit of the student
when he means all the students in his class.