Which of the following sentence is correct and why? Reading books is important. Or, Reading books are important.?

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  • 1 month ago

    Reading books is important. 

  • 1 month ago

    "Reading books is important."

    and its supposed to be "Which of the following SENTENCES is..." NOT "Which of the following SENTENCE." - you should have written the word "sentence" with an "s" at the end.

  • 1 month ago

    Reading books is important. 

  • 1 month ago

    Ask yourself: What is, or are, important? Books, or reading books?

    Reading books, reading newspapers, reading the Bible, reading your horoscope; WHAT you are reading is not the subject, but "reading".

    So: Reading [books] is important.

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  • 1 month ago

    If you're ever unsure in a situation like this, always remove objects or other things that might confuse you, and see if it becomes clearer

    The man (from England who spoke with Jenny and Frank) is friendly.

    Sailing (on boats of all kinds) is fun.

    Keep in mind that in British English, they tend to use a different rule for singular nouns. In North America we would say, for instance, U2 is a popular band. They say U2 are a popular band. They would say Germany are a great soccer team, we would say Germany is a great soccer team.

  • GA41
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    "Reading books is important" is correct.  The issue is subject/verb agreement. "Is" is singular; are is plural.   In the sentence the subject "reading books" is singular.

    Here is what makes it a little confusing.  Reading is a verbal.  A verbal is a verb form which is used as another form of speech (rather than a verb), but keeps some of the attributes of a verb.  In your sentence, reading is a verbal used as a noun, which is the subject of the sentence.  However, a verbal has some of the characteristics of a verb.  One characteristic is that it can take on an object.  In your sentence, the object of reading is books.  So the subject is singular "reading" but the singular verbal has a plural object, "books".  However, the object is only part of the complete subject "reading books".  Confusing? You bet!

  • User
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Reading books is important.

    Why: because the subject is "reading", not "books".

  • 1 month ago

    is, not are.  It's  like saying "the reading of books"  and is the subject of the sentence.  

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Reading is .....  

    Reading is the subject

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