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    which sentence is correct?

    Teenagers smoking in public areas is a common sight.

    Teenagers smoking inpublic areas are a common sight.


    Which one is correct ? If both are, then which one is better ? Thanks a million!


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    Re: which sentence is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by flowerseed View Post
    Teenagers smoking in public areas is a common sight.

    Teenagers smoking inpublic areas are a common sight.


    Which one is correct ? If both are, then which one is better ? Thanks a million!
    Hi,
    Teenagers smoking in public areas is a common sight-correct.
    Because in terms of parts of the sentence, "teenagers smoking in public areas" is the subject of the sentence, whereas "is a common sight" is the predicate. We can expand "teenagers..." by "the fact that teenagers...", where "the fact" should agree with the predicate of the sentence.

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    Maria


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    #3

    Re: which sentence is correct?

    Smoking is not permitted except in designated areas.

    'smoking' is a verbal noun and takes the singular verb 'is'

    So:
    Teenagers (who engage in ) smoking is a common sight.

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