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Should it be 'was' or 'were'?

 
 
Reply 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?

Thanks.
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Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Thu 31 Mar, 2016 12:58 pm
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.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Thu 31 Mar, 2016 12:59 pm
@tanguatlay,
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
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Ethan M
 
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Reply Fri 1 Apr, 2016 07:15 am
@tanguatlay,
Understanding and faith in the religion were not strong.
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