From something I edited. The writer was discussing how he was able to lobby the Legislature successfully:
"Showing flexibility and being willing to compromise was an important step in getting this legislation passed."
"Showing flexibility" and "being willing to compromise" form a compound subject, which requires a plural verb. In addition, the writer is discussing two steps, not one. The sentence should read like this:
"Showing flexibility and being willing to compromise were important steps in getting this legislation passed."
If you use an "and," check that you're using a plural verb.
I still dislike the corrected sentence because it never states who is getting the legislation passed. Although we know "I" did it, it would be better to state that:
I showed flexibility and was willing to compromise, both pivotal qualities a lobbyist needed to get this legislation passed.
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