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I have listed the children on a census under the Head of Family role. The children are listed as sons or daughters. The sentence for one son works ok. If I have two sons the sentence reads Howard and Bill was listed.......

How can I write the sentence so it says Howard and Bill were listed......?

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My solution to this issue is to create three separate Roles for the head of family.


I use the Principal Role (you could substitute your Head of Family Role) when there are multiple children which says "...children...were..."


Then I have separate Roles for one son and one daughter, which say "...son...was..." and "...daughter...was..."


I don't know of a way to make this work in a single Sentence.

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