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Smoking, drinking and eating is not allowed would mean that if you try to smoke, drink and eat all at the same time, as one activity (good luck with that!), then that activity is not allowed. But smoking, drinking or eating (as separate activities) would be ok. Smoking, drinking and eating are not allowed means that neither smoking, nor ...


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There is nothing grammatically wrong with the sentence. It is equivalent to: "They are not allowed." In which the verb is plural because the subject is plural.


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Related: http://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/22900/who-singular-or-plural Closed, nearly-identical question (off-topic): "Who is" vs. "Who are" Relevant discussion: http://thegrammarexchange.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/340600179/m/7756074182 Who can be both singular or plural dependent on the noun which it is replacing. 'Chairs' ...


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[no longer relevant to original question] The matter seems to be discussed. Some sources indicate that interrogative form of who is always singular (end of first paragraph: “Interrogative pronouns are never plural”). Who is in the chairs? Who does the being, it is subject, therefore the verb is singular person. Now, it might be acceptable to use a ...


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You're correct, the verb should agree with the noun. So it could be either a plural noun with a plural verb: Can you think of any activities that make you feel out of breath? or a singular noun with a singular verb: Can you think of any activity that makes you feel out of breath?


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Smoking, drinking and eating are not allowed. Three separate activities, none of which are allowed. Smoking, drinking and eating is not allowed. Three activities which you are not allowed to do at the same time. But doing just one or two is okay. The "are" makes them a plural group, and the "is" makes them a single unit. Also, the ...


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Literature is typically used to describe a collective body of writings; as such, it takes a singular verb despite the fact it refers to many works. The word is almost always preceded by an adjective or attributive noun to identify a specific body of works: English literature scientific literature product literature (archaic) Literature also connotes ...



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