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FAME -- as a grammar nerd


"Who he was and why his hair appears to be a clump of sheep's wool are unspecified."

Well, I'm wary of grammarians who are quick to make correct/incorrect usage judgments.

You could state it has to be "are" because there are two phrases ("who he was" "why his hair appears to be a clump") joined by "and" acting as the plural subject of the verb.

But it could just as easily be "is" based on the concept that the subject of "is" is the statement "who he was and why his hair appears to be a clump" as a whole unit.


But the question uses "or," not "and."


Obviously I wasn't paying attention when I read this.

I used the text from your "Woolly-Headed Boy" post.

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