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Subject – verb agreement and the parenthetical phrase

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Which is correct?
Easy administration, as well as greater security, ___ expected when you install an IP surveillance system.
a. is
b. are

Answer: a.

Explanation: The part between commas is a parenthetical phrase — ignore it when you’re identifying the subject. Administration is the subject in this sentence, so that’s what the verb has to agree with.

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