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Grammatical error - should it be make or makes, and why?


(NM) #1

We live in a country where making grammatical and spelling errors In one language make you cool

or

We live in a country where making grammatical and spelling errors In one language makes you cool

which one is correct?


(SafeTex) #2

Hi NM

This is what we call 'fuzzy' grammar in linguistics where native speakers would show variation and arguments could be made for both cases.

The first question is whether 'and' constitutes one or two actions.

You would think that 'and' signals addition but this is not always clear in English (at least grammatically

eg There is a man and a woman at the door
cf There are two people at the door

or

"I recommend having a drink and forgetting about it. That (sing) is the best thing you can do."

Some people would argue that the 'that' in the above example is a relative pronoun referring back to ONE clause rather than two actions and that is indeed the 'problem' with your example in your question.

If the two actions are seen as one, use the singular

et Singing and drinking is what I like to do!

If the two actions are seen as two, use the plural

Raising interest rates and good governance strengthen (pl) currencies

Hope this helps