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    Bleeding gums that occurs is the indicative of gingivitis

    On the package of dental floss, it says:

    CAUTION:
    Bleeding gums that occurs when first using floss is the indicative of gingivitis. This should recover in 10 days. If not, consult your dentist.

    Isn't the word Bleeding gums a plural noun?

    Why does it use occurs and is in the sentence?

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    Re: Bleeding gums that occurs is the indicative of gingivitis

    That's a very badly written sentence.

    Bleeding gums, which might occur when first using floss, can be indicative of gingivitis. It should stop within ten days.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Bleeding gums that occurs is the indicative of gingivitis

    The whole sentence is a mess.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: Bleeding gums that occurs is the indicative of gingivitis

    Is 'Bleeding gums' a plural noun or singular noun?

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    Re: Bleeding gums that occurs is the indicative of gingivitis

    It could be both! Taken on its own, it appears to be plural. However, as the name of a condition, it's singular. I don't like its use in the singular in the quote you gave though.
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    Re: Bleeding gums that occurs is the indicative of gingivitis

    By the way:

    "Invading armies have no rights." Noam Chomsky

    Is Invading armies a plural noun or singular noun?

    An -ing form ('gerund') uses a singular verb, but Invading armies are both the -ing form (Invading) and the plural (armies).

    Should it use a plural verb or singular verb?

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    Re: Bleeding gums that occurs is the indicative of gingivitis

    The noun armies is plural, and we use a plural verb, regardless of how the noun is modified. . The -ing form functions as a modifier. Modifiers do not show number, i.e., they are neither singular or plural when modifying a noun.

    Many modern grammarians see little point in distinguishing between the -ing form as noun and the -ing form as participle. However, for those who do, it is a participle, not a gerund, in invading armies.

    It is a gerund, with a singular verb, in Invading Russia is not a good idea, as Napoleon and Hitler discovered to their cost.

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