disaster and destruction <are>< is> sure to follow


Senior Member
I have a doubt about the following sentence:

The novel warns its readers not to try to “play God”, or disaster and destruction are:tick:/ is :confused: sure to follow.

Technically, there are two subjects and the verb should be in the plural, however ... could they also be regarded as one subject?
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    I think we're much more likely to use the plural verb. The singular might be possible with an established pair like "rack and ruin."
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