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which one is correct? Could we consider both somehow correct?

Using idioms and expressions is appreciated.


Using idioms and expressions are appreciated.

Thanks a lot.

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    "Using idioms and expressions" is a non-finite clause, and non-finite subject clauses take singular agreement, so "is" is what you need. – BillJ Jul 20 '17 at 8:34
  • The second could conceivably be correct if the question was something like "What are you using, and are expressions appreciated?" – Lawrence Jul 20 '17 at 8:58

I think the first one is correct, because "Using idioms and expressions" is used as a whole unit. but unsure if "appreciate" can be used passively.

  • I agree. What is being said is (The) using (of) idioms and expressions is.... Said like that it, "is" becomes more obviously preferable. – WS2 Jul 20 '17 at 6:28

Using idioms and expressions is appreciated.

Idioms and expressions to be treated as one unit. Moreover, we are using a descriptive verb or an adjective along with the subject.

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