subject verb agreement

hatgray

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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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What website? Those sentences are terrible!

EDIT: People in the other forum found them acceptable, so I'll shut up.
 
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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 ...".
 

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How about

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

Are or is?
 

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"Are". In future, please put new questions in a new thread.
 

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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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