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# use of "has" with a subject having two phrases connected by "and"

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04 Jul 2018, 02:27
"The centralisation of the internet and the growing importance of data has given rise to what Frank Pasquale of the University of Maryland, in a recent paper published in American Affairs, calls a “Jeﬀersonian/Hamiltonian divide” among critics of big tech."

The above sentence has been taken from the current issue of The Economist.

My query is

"The centralisation of the Internet" and "the growing importance of data" are the two phrases connected by "and", and are acting as subject for the verb "has given". May I know why "have given rise" is not used here?

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04 Jul 2018, 03:22
Hi Pawan, do the options given, ask you to choose between has and have? In other words, is has a part of underlined portion?
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04 Jul 2018, 05:21
EducationAisle wrote:
Hi Pawan, do the options given, ask you to choose between has and have? In other words, is has a part of underlined portion?

Hi Ashish EducationAisle

It is a sentence taken from The Economist magazine. It is not a SC question.
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04 Jul 2018, 05:51
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Hi Pawan, incidentally, Economist also happens to be the name of a GMAT tutoring firm, and hence the confusion:).

In few rare cases, phrases connected by and may be construed as a single activity, if the two phrases are linked by some common thread. For example:

Breaking the house and entering it, has always been a child's play for the notorious thief.

Here, while there are two phrases connected by and, these phrases are part of the same sequence of events, and hence, has works fine.

While Official guide has a couple of such instances, thankfully this usage (singular/plural) has not been tested on the exam as yet (basically this was not a part of the underlined portion).

Hence, in most likelihood, you will not be required to take a call, in such instances. For the most part, you can safely choose the plural verb.
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