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I don't understand why the verb is singular.

The subject of the sentence,  'rate,' looks wrong to me.

Could you explain why the subject is not ' rates,' which is plural ?


Can I say like 1) ?

1) both male and female internet usage rates were'

(Original)

Among the five regions, both male and female internet usage rate was the highest in Europe, accounting for 83% and 76% respectively. [original]

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@GBLSU posted:

I don't understand why the verb is singular.

The subject of the sentence,  'rate,' looks wrong to me.

Could you explain why the subject is not ' rates,' which is plural ?


Can I say like 1) ?

1) both male and female internet usage rates were'

(Original)

Among the five regions, both male and female internet usage rate was the highest in Europe, accounting for 83% and 76% respectively. [original]

Hi, GBLSU—The original sentence is ungrammatical. "Both rate" is incorrect. We can say "both rates." If we do, and if the phrase is the subject of a clause, the verb will need to show plural agreement. As you have observed, "both rates were" works just fine.

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