Posted by Henry on August 20, 2003
In Reply to: And/or -> verb (pl/sing)? posted by Anders on August 20, 2003
: I am proofreading a sentence that reads "A change in the speed and/or a change in the load generate a dynamic situation." To me it sounds odd; I would prefer 'generates'. I suspect the perfect solution would be 'generate/s', but this is too weird, and 'generates or generate' is silly. I hesitate to recast the sentence. Can you support my feeling that 'generates' is preferable to 'generate'?
And/or is an awkward construction and it is difficult to phrase elegantly.
"A change in the speed or load, separately or together, generates a dynamic situation."