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The young bride, as well as her husband, were/was amazed by

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The young bride, as well as her husband, were/was amazed by the generosity of the wedding guests.

Can you guys suggest which was one is correct - "were or was" and why you think it is correct?

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The young bride, as well as her husband, were/was amazed by the generosity of the wedding guests.

Can you guys suggest which was one is correct - "were or was" and why you think it is correct?


Was.

"as well as her husband" is nonessential information (hence the commas), the subject is only "the young bride."

The young bridge was amazed...

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The young bride, as well as her husband, were/was amazed by the generosity of the wedding guests.

Can you guys suggest which was one is correct - "were or was" and why you think it is correct?


was correct.

this the rule

X and Y were amazed by...
X, as well as Y, was amazed by.
(assume that X -singluar subject)
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