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    subject verb agreement

    Are these sentences correct?

    I have found this in a website and I am also asking for reconfirmatiom.

    Bananas plus water results in faster weight loss.

    Laying off exercise and allowing afternoon sweets reduces stress.

    Should I use singular or plural verbs?

    Appreciate the help.


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    Re: subject verb agreement

    What website? Those sentences are terrible!

    EDIT: People in the other forum found them acceptable, so I'll shut up.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 10-Sep-2017 at 09:18.

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    Re: subject verb agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    What website? Those sentences are terrible!
    A website for health and wellness.

    Is it right to use "result" or "results", "reduces" or "reduce"?

    Thanks

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    Re: subject verb agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by hatgray View Post
    Bananas plus water results in faster weight loss.
    Laying off exercise and allowing afternoon sweets reduces stress.
    Notwithstanding the fact that the "advice" in both of those sentences is absolute nonsense, grammatically I would use:

    1. Bananas plus water results in ...
    2. Laying off exercise and allowing afternoon sweets reduces ...

    In the first, it's the same construction we use when we say a maths equation out loud - "Five plus two makes seven".
    In the second, I read it as saying "Doing the following things (exercise/sweets) reduces ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: subject verb agreement

    How about

    Are/Is this sandwich and that orange from the supermarket?

    Are or is?

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    Re: subject verb agreement

    "Are". In future, please put new questions in a new thread.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: subject verb agreement

    Hatgray,

    Please do not post the same question simultaneously to more than one forum. Doing so wastes our valuable time.

    Instead, post your question to one forum and wait for replies. If you're not satisfied with those replies, you can try another forum, but please indicate in your thread that you've already asked the same question elsewhere (provide a link), and outline why you were not satisfied with the answers you received already.

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