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22 Nov 2007, 08:23
A) Identifying problems is difficult.
B) Identifying problems are difficult.

Which one is correct.
Dose it depents upon PROBLEM or IDENTIFYING??

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22 Nov 2007, 08:42
What's difficult, in other words what is the subject of the clause that is governing the verb?

Clearly it is identifying, which could be paraphrased as something like "the act of identifying". So it should be "is difficult", not "are difficult".

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22 Nov 2007, 08:59
Raffie wrote:
What's difficult, in other words what is the subject of the clause that is governing the verb?

Clearly it is identifying, which could be paraphrased as something like "the act of identifying". So it should be "is difficult", not "are difficult".

Thats correct

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22 Nov 2007, 09:30
Thanks,

But if the same sentence has 'Problem' instead of 'Problems'?

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22 Nov 2007, 10:42
Raj_2007 wrote:
A) Identifying problems is difficult.
B) Identifying problems are difficult.

Which one is correct.
Dose it depents upon PROBLEM or IDENTIFYING??

any sentence starting with gerund is a participle noun phrase, which is a singular. so singular verb is required.

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