What are the rules regarding two gerunds that are related to the same noun such as:
Taking and filming hikes make me tick
Taking and filming hikes makes me tick
Which one is correct?
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The subject Taking and filming hikes uses conjunction reduction where both verbs share a common object. It’s exactly like saying Taking hikes and filming hikes.
However, that brings us no closer to an answer as to which of these two to use:
In fact, there can be no right answer to the question “Which one is correct?” here where one possibility is always right and other always wrong. As with so many things in human language, either one is acceptable, but they say different things. What they say is whether the speaker considers them one thing or two things. Actual corpus samples indicate that both occur. Singular concord occurs when the combined subject is thought of as one concept, and my own personal preference is to use singular concord in this instance.
These examples are all from Google Books. The subject I will use bold for and the verb that agrees with the subject I will use bold italics for.
So there is no one answer that fits all cases. It’s up to the speaker to say it however they’re thinking of it.
Your screen name here, Rosita, is commonly one of Spanish derivation. So maybe you know Spanish. Let me therefore further note that notional concord also occurs in the corresponding Spanish versions.
Again from Google Books, first with singular concord in the italicized portion. (Spanish uses only infinitives as verbal substantives for subjects and objects, never gerunds which can only be modifiers in Spanish, so these examples are necessarily -er verbs not -iendo ones.)
And then with plural concord:
So even in languages with a stronger and more consistent inflectional morphology and concordance in number between verbal subjects and objects and their corresponding verbs and adjectives do we see the idea of a conjoined subject sometimes taking singular concord and sometimes taking plural concord.
It all depends on the speaker’s intent, just as in English.