The writer and poet is/are?

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The writer and poet is/are going to preside over this meeting.

The answer is "is". Why is that?

Please clarify for me.

Thank you so much! :)
  • Findinghelp

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    Thank grassy!

    Can I understand that there are two people: one is a writer and one is a poet?

    I am confused with exercises like these:

    "Bread and butter were bought in large quantities."
    But " Bread and butter was all we had."(=bread with butter on it)

    How can we identify it is a person/ thing or two different subjects?
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