Problem 1: Which is correct? "The boss, along with her assistant, (was, were) present at the meeting."
Answer: "was." Why: "Along with" functions as a preposition, and prepositions don't make a singular subject plural.
Other prepositions to be aware of: "as well as," "in addition to," and "together with." They don't make a singular subject plural, either.
Problem 2: Which is correct? "If I (was, were) in his shoes, I'd do things differently."
Answer: "were." Why: It describes what might be or should be, not what is.
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