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Pollution and degradation of the environment is, according to the commission's report, a matter of universal concern.

A. is, according to the commission's report, a matter of universal concern.
B. is, according to the report by the commission, a matter of universal concern.
C. is, according to the report of the commission, matters of universal concern.
D. are, according to the commission's report, universally a matter of concern.
E. are, according to the commission's report, a matter of universal concern

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05 Jun 2012, 09:06
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Pollution and degradation of the environment is, according to the commission's report, a matter of universal concern.

A. is, according to the commission's report, a matter of universal concern.
B. is, according to the report by the commission, a matter of universal concern.
C. is, according to the report of the commission, matters of universal concern.
D. are, according to the commission's report, universally a matter of concern.
E. are, according to the commission's report, a matter of universal concern

Use of AND:
When AND is used to connect two nouns, the verb needs to be plural.
Eg. Frank Zappa and Terry Bozzio are playing tonight at the Orange Peel.

Secondly, "of the environment" forms a prepositional phrase and as such, does not relate to the verb in determining the tense (hence, the use of "is" is incorrect here).
Re: Is or are   [#permalink] 05 Jun 2012, 09:06
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