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    Default living and working abroad are popular ( is popular?)

    I've got a problem with the sentence above.
    Which version is correct?
    1. Living and working abroad are popular.
    (living= one thing, working=one thing, together they give two thigns, so "are")
    2. Living and working abroad is very popular.
    (living and working=as a one thing, so "is")

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    Default Re: living and working abroad are popular ( is popular?)

    There's no problem. Both are possible.

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    Default Re: living and working abroad are popular ( is popular?)

    As the two go together, I would be more likely to use the singular, though both are possible- you can live abroad without working, but it's harder to work abroad without living there.

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    Default Re: living and working abroad are popular ( is popular?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    "... but it's harder to work abroad without living there."
    But not impossible.

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    Default Re: living and working abroad are popular ( is popular?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    As the two go together, I would be more likely to use the singular, though both are possible- you can live abroad without working, but it's harder to work abroad without living there.
    I understand.
    I'm wondering, though, if a teacher has a right to mark "are" as an error. Or maybe they can only suggest that "is" would be better.
    I'm supposed to write an essay about 'living and working abroad'.

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    Default Re: living and working abroad are popular ( is popular?)

    Quote Originally Posted by angelene001 View Post
    I'm wondering, though, if a teacher has a right to mark "are" as an error.
    Teachers should not mark it wrong. It's perfectly acceptable in most contexts.

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