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Sentence Correction: Subject Verb Agreement - A Plural Subject Consisting of Singular Nouns that are Connected by 'and'

In Habits of the Heart, sociologist Robert Bellah described how individualism and civic commitment coexists in the lives of many Americans. 

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The plural subject individualism and civic commitment does not agree with the singular verb coexists.

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Very good.

This answer choice corrects the Subject Verb Agreement mistake in the original sentence by replacing the singular verb coexists with the plural verb coexist.

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Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the Subject Verb Agreement mistake in the original sentence and is grammatically correct, it introduces a stylistic flaw by changing the structure of the sentence.

The manner of individual and civic commitment coexisting is an awkward and wordy way of expressing the idea conveyed much more concisely by another answer choice, which is also grammatically correct and therefore is preferable. Find it!

Incorrect.

This answer choice changes the plural subject individualism and civic commitment into the singular subject individualism, followed by a modifier along with civic commitment. However, the plural verb coexist does not agree with subject.

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This change also breaks the logic of the sentence. The verb coexist denotes two things existing together. By changing the subject to a singular subject (plus modifier) the sentence becomes about individualism (along with civic commitment) coexisting with a third noun, which is missing.

Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the Subject Verb Agreement mistake in the original sentence, it is stylistically flawed.

The phrase coexist together is redundant since coexist already implies two things existing together (notice the prefix co-).

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how individualism and civic commitment coexist
the manner of individualism and civic commitment coexisting
how individualism, along with civic commitment, coexist
how individualism and civic commitment coexist together