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    #1

    Are or is?

    Building energy pipelines are usually major engineering achievements. But as in the case of Nabucco, overcoming the politics surrounding them are usually just as formidable.

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    The above sentences come from the last paragraph of this link:
    VOA常速:Turkey Seeks to Make Nabucco More Than Pipe Dream_V0A|CNN|BBC|CRI_可可英语

    It sounds like a VOA report which should be using good English. But 'Building energy pipelines ' followed by ARE does not look quite right to me, nor does 'overcoming the politics surrounding them' followed by an ARE .

    Am I correct or both IS and ARE are acceptable?

    Thank you.


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    Re: Are or is?

    The correct versions are as follows. I make bold the subject and verb.

    Building energy pipelines is usually a major engineering achievement.

    Energy pipelines are usually major engineering achievements.

    But as in the case of Nabucco, overcoming the politics surrounding them is usually just as formidable.

    But as in the case of Nabucco, the politics surrounding them are/is usually just as formidable.


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    Re: Are or is?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    Building energy pipelines are usually major engineering achievements. But as in the case of Nabucco, overcoming the politics surrounding them are usually just as formidable.

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    The above sentences come from the last paragraph of this link:
    VOA常速:Turkey Seeks to Make Nabucco More Than Pipe Dream_V0A|CNN|BBC|CRI_可可英语

    It sounds like a VOA report which should be using good English. But 'Building energy pipelines ' followed by ARE does not look quite right to me, nor does 'overcoming the politics surrounding them' followed by an ARE .

    Am I correct or both IS and ARE are acceptable?

    Thank you.
    This sentence is bad English, if you ask me.
    After rephrasing:
    The building of energy pipelines is usually a major engineering achievement. But as in the case of Nabucco, overcoming the political obstacles surrounding it is usually just as formidable.

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