a carpenter and a blacksmith live in our street. ...in the sentence why is live used insted of lives ?

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a carpenter and a blacksmith live in our street

‚Äčthis question is based on the chapter “Subject-Verb Agreement”. Here, ‘a carpenter’ and ‘a blacksmith’ are two different people joined by ‘and’. Whenever it is a plural noun, the verb, too, has to be plural. Now, the sentence is in Simple Present. So, we take the 1st form of the verb only because the noun is plural [had it been singular, then=>1st form of the verb + ‘s’].  Hence we have ‘live’ [and NOT ‘lives’] as the verb.

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