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    Do I use was or were in this sentence?

    "If Bella actually has taken nude pictures of herself, why would the hackers give a rat's ass about the fact she's underage? It's not as if stealing and spreading private nude pictures of all those famous women over the age of 18 was remotely legal, anyway."


    was, or were remotely legal? I'm thinking was, because stealing and spreading are both singular. What do you guys say?



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    Re: Do I use was or were in this sentence?

    'Was' is correct, but not for the reason you think.

    Think of it as 'It's not as if the (act of) stealing and spreading...was remotely legal.'

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    Re: Do I use was or were in this sentence?

    Could you explain that a bit better? Why is it supposed to be was? Because we are referring to a single act?

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    Re: Do I use was or were in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Azera View Post
    Could you explain that a bit better? Why is it supposed to be was? Because we are referring to a single act?
    Yes.

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