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Hello!

1. Much time and money is spent on education, more on health services but the most is spent on national defense.

Shouldn't the verb "to be" in the above sentence be in the plural form since time and money are combined by "and".?

Or is it because the verb to be refers to "much" as one quantity for both?

Thank you!
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Thank you all! No need to apologize Avangi!
Hi Uthman

Please keep in mind that I did not mean to suggest that the expression "time and money" would always be treated as a singular idea. It isn't. People also use the expression "time and money" with a plural verb as well -- as Avangi told you in his first post. However, this is one of those commonly used collocations that tends to be viewed as a single unit quite often, and my opinion is that your sentence is an example of a case in which a compound subject is treated as one single idea.
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YankeeHi Uthman

Please keep in mind that I did not mean to suggest that the expression "time and money" would always be treated as a singular idea. It isn't. People also use the expression "time and money" with a plural verb as well -- as Avangi told you in his first post. However, this is one of those commonly used collocations that tends to be viewed as a single unit quite often, and my opinion is that your sentence is an example of a case in which a compound subject is treated as one single idea.

Thank you, but do you think that this goes with "time and effort" too? Can these subjects be followed with a singular verb?
It's possible.It really depends if the writer thinks of them as joined as one thing.