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    Is and Are

    This has been confusing me for about 30 minutes now. Which of these statements is correct?

    a) Collecting bugs is fun.
    b) Collecting bugs are fun.

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    Re: Is and Are

    Quote Originally Posted by johnthinkharder View Post
    This has been confusing me for about 30 minutes now. Which of these statements is correct?

    a) Collecting bugs is fun.
    b) Collecting bugs are fun.
    The first is correct. The subject is a gerund (collecting) and it is singular. (Bugs is the direct object of the gerund.)

    If you use the second, one might think that there is a type of bug called a "collecting bug" and that these bugs are fun.

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    Re: Is and Are

    Quote Originally Posted by johnthinkharder View Post
    This has been confusing me for about 30 minutes now. Which of these statements is correct?

    a) Collecting bugs is fun.
    b) Collecting bugs are fun.
    Try thinking harder, John. If there is a species of bug called "Collecting bugs" and you find them fun, sentence b) is correct. If, however, you find the activity of collecting bugs to be a fun thing to do, use sentence a).

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