Subject & Verb + Parentheses

Posted on 09-16-2015 by
Tags: Upgrading Your Skills , #writinglegally

Review the subject/verb agreement below:

A trademark (and a registered trademark) does not need to be marked on second mention.

A trademark (and a registered trademark) do not need to be marked on second mention.

 

Which one is correct? Do you take into account what’s written in the parentheses?

 

Rule of thumb: ignore nouns inside of the parentheses when choosing your verb. Parentheses tell us that what is inside the parentheses can be ignored.

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