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    Subject and verb

    I saw a sign stating 'This building and its rooms have been designated smoke free areas'

    Now, apart from the sentence having no punctuation, I told my grand kids that it also was wrong grammatically. I said that, as the subject was singular, i.e. 'this building', the verb should also be singular, i.e. 'has'

    I said that it should read as either of the following sentences.

    This building, and its' rooms, has been designated a smoke free area.

    These rooms, and this building, have been designated smoke free areas.

    I should be very much obliged if someone would comment on my assertions and, if I am wrong, could please correct me.
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    Re: Subject and verb

    Re: This building and its rooms have been designated smoke free areas.

    Well, it appears the intention there is to include areas of the building that are not considered rooms, such as the lobby, the stairwell, the roof, the entrance, and so on. In that sense, the phrase 'its rooms' makes sense and the sentence stands grammatical, albeit somewhat redundant. A better wording would have been:

    • This building has been designated (as) a smoke free environment.

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    Re: Subject and verb

    Quote Originally Posted by ABootleian View Post
    I saw a sign stating 'This building and its rooms have been designated smoke free areas'

    Now, apart from the sentence having no punctuation, I told my grand kids that it also was wrong grammatically. I said that, as the subject was singular, i.e. 'this building', the verb should also be singular, i.e. 'has'

    I said that it should read as either of the following sentences.

    This building, and its' rooms, has been designated a smoke free area.

    These rooms, and this building, have been designated smoke free areas.

    I should be very much obliged if someone would comment on my assertions and, if I am wrong, could please correct me.
    Thank you,


    Yes, as you've guessed, you're wrong.
    The sentence needs no punctuation, apart perhaps for a period at the end. But being on a sign, this would be unusual.
    The subject, "This building and its rooms" is plural. It therefore requires "have".
    The correct possessive adjective here is its, not its'.

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