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While conceiving ideas are desirable basic issues must first be addressed.

Shouldn't it be is instead of are as " conceiving ideas" is a single action?

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If "conceiving ideas" is supposed to refer to an action, yes, it should be "is", but I find the sentence rather awkward. A comma is also needed after "desirable".

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Abbas RajabpourShouldn't it be is instead of are as " conceiving ideas" is a single action?

Theoretically, for the rules of grammar, yes. The sentence is ill-conceived, though. "Conceiving ideas" is quite strange and unnatural. What else do we conceive?

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While conceiving new ideas are desirable, basic issues must first be addressed first.

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What do you mean by mentioning " if "?

Do you mean " conceiving" can be an adjective?

Is it a participial adjective?

Abbas RajabpourWhat do you mean by mentioning " if "?
Do you mean " conceiving" can be an adjective?

In some cases, yes, e.g. the "conceiving mind" would be the mind that conceives (something). It is harder to see how ideas could conceive, but, if that was possible, it would explain the plural verb. However, it seems most likely that "conceiving" is meant as the gerund (action), and the writer was put off by the plural "ideas" and made the wrong verb agreement.

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