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Choosing appropriate architectures {are} crucial

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Choosing appropriate architectures {is} crucial

To my knowledge [choosing something] is a single action, it should be followed by [is]. Please correct me if it is wrong and will be great if you come up with a little explanation...!

Thanks in Advance.

  • I think - first one is correct - "Choosing appropriate architectures {are} crucial" because u have specified architectures i.e. plural. So i think 1st one is correct. – Krunal Shah Nov 1 '19 at 5:54
  • It is singular. Here the subject is 'choosing'. Choosing what? It could be anything. – Ram Pillai Nov 1 '19 at 9:35
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The subject of your sentence is choosing appropriate architectures, which has singular agreement. The subject is choosing, not architectures.

The sentence should read:

Choosing appropriate architectures is crucial.

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    'Architecture' could be used as a count noun (such as different styles), but it doesn't matter -- the subject is 'choosing' which is singular. – AmI Nov 1 '19 at 6:39
  • Yes, you are right, but my context is software engineering where more than one software architectures can be used as various types of computer systems with interact with one another. – Prasanth Nov 1 '19 at 6:59
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    @ prasanth.Even if it is architectures the subject is choosing so is crucial is correct. – successive suspension Nov 1 '19 at 7:18
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    +1 I’ve edited for clarity. Feel free to roll back the changes or to edit further. – Lawrence Nov 1 '19 at 8:47
  • @ Lawerence.The OP is not able to understand.So I have given many examples. Thank you for the edit. – successive suspension Nov 1 '19 at 8:55

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