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Is it “bad stuff happens to good people” or “bad stuff happen to good people”?

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Why does God let “bad stuff happen to good people”? "Stuff happens." –  Kris Dec 30 '12 at 7:47

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Stuff is a mass noun and doesn't take the plural form of the verbs. So in your case happens seems to be the correct choice. Here are some other examples that may further clarify the usage:

This stuff is great.

All my stuff is in the suitcase.

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“Bad stuff happens to good people.” Stuff is singular, and so the verb must also be singular.

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