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    Subject-Verb Agreement..

    I've read that we use a singular verb when the word "no" is used before compounded singular subjects.I just wonder if it's still okay to remove the second "no" and use a singular verb. Like:"No laughing and no talking is allowed in the classroom." into "No laughing and talking is allowed in the classroom."

    Thank you!

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    Re: Subject-Verb Agreement..

    As far as I'm concered, the sentence "No laughing and no talking is allowed in the classroom" sounds better because it is parallel.

    That's called sentence parallelism. Example

    Mary likes reading, hiking and swimming

    You cannot say

    Mary likes reading, hiking and to swim

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    Re: Subject-Verb Agreement..

    Quote Originally Posted by blue_jay975 View Post
    I've read that we use a singular verb when the word "no" is used before compounded singular subjects.I just wonder if it's still okay to remove the second "no" and use a singular verb. Like:"No laughing and no talking is allowed in the classroom." into "No laughing and talking is allowed in the classroom."

    Thank you!
    As I've written in another current thread, you can remove the "no" if you change the "and" to "or" if it's a negative sentence.
    And change "is" to "are".
    "No laughing or talking are allowed in the classroom." (You can't do either)
    "No laughing and talking is allowed in the classroom." (You can do one or the other, but not both).


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    Re: Subject-Verb Agreement..

    Raymott:
    "No laughing and talking is allowed in the classroom." (You can do one or the other, but not both).

    This is incorrect.

    The verb is in the singular, so that 'laughing and talking' is being regarded as a single unit, and this single unit of 'laughing/talking' is not allowed. Hence, considered singly, neither is allowed.

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