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Hello,

Please help me. I'm having some confusion regarding subject-verb agreement. When a gerund is acting as a single activity, will it always take singular verb like this:

1. Writing papers is more scary than writing a poem. (Will this sentence take "is" even if "papers" is plural?)

When two gerunds are acting as subjects, will they take a plural verb like this:

2. Taking pressure and blaming others never solve anything.

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cloudpixie1. Writing papers is more scary than writing a poem. (Will this sentence take "is" even if "papers" is plural?)

Yes. The verb is never going to agree with the object of the gerund. That has nothing to do with the agreement.

cloudpixie2. Taking pressure and blaming others never solve anything.

I would say 'solves'; however, I don't understand how 'taking pressure' and 'blaming others' could have found their way into the same sentence, nor even what 'taking pressure' is really supposed to mean.

In general it depends on whether you're considering the two activities individually (Use the plural verb) or as a single collective (Use the singular verb).

If it makes sense to add "both", use the plural.

For more on this, see https://literalminded.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/more-coordinated-gerunds-with-shared-direct-objects/

CJ

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cloudpixieWhen two gerunds are acting as subjects, will they take a plural verb like this:

Running, jumping rope and jogging are good exercises.


I agree with CJ and would use "solves" in your sentence.

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