Thu 31 Mar, 2016 10:10 am
My work problems came about because my past negative karma had caught up with me and resulted in me falling into a hellish state. I had wasted 17 years of my life because my understanding and faith in the religion was/were not strong.
Should it be was or were?
1. Understanding and faith are two things, so you should 'were'.
2. Understanding should be followed by the preposition 'of'; faith is followed by the preposition 'in', so the sentence should be:
I had wasted 17 years of my life because my understanding of, and faith in, the religion were not strong.
Tang I'd say "was" unless your discussion elsewhere distinguishes between understanding and faith
Edited to remark that technically however, Tes is probably perfectly right. I'm not very technical
Understanding and faith in the religion were not strong.