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I know that 'simple things make me happy.' is correct. Then I read this sentence in a novel: 'simple things makes me happy.'

Where actually, it doesn't sound wrong, but I don't know about the grammar and I want to be sure.

Could anyone help?

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Was it part of the narrative or was it what someone said? It might help if you could show the sentence in context. –  Barrie England Jan 6 '12 at 9:26
There must have been something preceding the phrase you are citing. It would look natural and perfectly grammatical for it to be something like "Doing simple things makes me happy". –  Irene Jan 6 '12 at 9:29
OP says it's a sentence, and it begins with capitalization to boot. –  Kris Jan 6 '12 at 9:35
@Kris: I'm sorry, but if you look carefully you will see the edit. Capitalisation was added a few minutes later by Mahnax. And sometimes grammatical terms aren't used correctly by everyone. –  Irene Jan 6 '12 at 9:38
There was an edit elsewhere earlier that had similarly changed the whole story behind a question. So editors, please note. @Mahnax would better revert to original. –  Kris Jan 6 '12 at 9:46
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It is perfectly right, if you ask me.
simple things make me happy

One cannot imagine a creative sentence where simple things could be a singular noun such as a mass noun, etc.

Presuming the OP does mean the examples are complete sentences.

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in the question the sentence is "simple things makes me happy" isn't that grammatically wrong??? According to my understanding a plural is never preceded by another plural. i.e., things makes me happy is incorrect isn't it?? its my doubt. –  Apoorva Jan 6 '12 at 9:41
the sentence in your answer is of course correct –  Apoorva Jan 6 '12 at 9:47
Just a minute. It turns out that the original question was different, after all. :) –  Kris Jan 6 '12 at 9:49
oh k :) that was my doubt isn't the question wrong? –  Apoorva Jan 6 '12 at 9:57
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