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Training and improving these skills yield/yields better decision-making and fewer mistakes during a game. training and improving - it should be 'yield' but 'yields' sounds better - can someone help on this? Which is grammatically correct?

  • It depends on if you're using the term to describe a single, collective action or two separate actions. – Jason Bassford Dec 21 '18 at 14:28
  • There is a single thing that is yielded. Thus yield is singular. The outcome is a single outcome, not multiple outcomes. – Nigel J Dec 21 '18 at 20:51
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A subject consisting of multiple gerunds may take a singular verb when they may be construed as a single action or sequence. If the writer sees them as different actions, then a plural verb is chosen. Compare these five pairs in which the first sentence uses a singular verb and the second a plural one:

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