Open revolt and exile is the only hope for change.

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  • dcx97

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    I think this is similar to how people say "The last ten years has seen a tremendous change." rather than "have seen". It's because they consider "ten years" one unit.
     

    dcx97

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    I just consulted a friend of mine who is a native speaker. Based on what he told me I think both are correct: The last ten years has/have seen a tremendous change.
     

    Edinburgher

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    While in principle you can view open revolt and exile as two separate ways of dealing with the situation (and this would make "are" preferable), the problem is that "the only hope" is emphatically singular (thus favouring "is").
    The sentence is just an inversion of "The only hope is (to engage in) open revolt and (to retreat into) exile."
     

    al-Ghareeb

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    I just consulted a friend of mine who is a native speaker. Based on what he told me I think both are correct: The last ten years has/have seen a tremendous change.
    Only "The last ten years has seen a tremendous change." is correct, at least in American English.
     
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