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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Grammatical Mistake in Shelley's Frankenstein?

From Mary Shelley's Frankenstein:
Vegetables and bread, when they indulged in such luxuries, and even fresh water, was to be procured from the main land, which was about five miles distant.
Given that the subject is plural, shouldn't the verb be plural (were rather than was)?

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