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    I'm wondering what is grammatically correct?

    Changing Lives Matter
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    Changing Lives Matters


    Can you give me the grammatical rule as well to distiguish which is correct and incorrect?


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    Grammar drives me insane sometimes!!!

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    I'm wondering what is grammatically correct?

    Changing Lives Matter
    or

    Changing Lives Matters


    Can you give me the grammatical rule as well to distiguish which is correct and incorrect?


    Thanks

    Jeannie
    Jeannie,

    Is it the changing that matters, or the the lives that matter?

    Examples:

    Changing my life-style matters to me.
    The changing seasons in England matter to me.

    Which could have been:

    Changing my life-style is important to me.
    The changing seasons in England are important to me.

    Michael

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    Well, it is a 3 word slogan.

    I'm wondering which is grammatically correct.

    Changing lives matter.

    Changing lives matters.


    I'd like to know which is correct and why?

    The second doesn't sound right to me.


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    Originally posted by govinda

    Well, it is a 3 word slogan.

    I'm wondering which is grammatically correct.

    Changing lives matter.

    Changing lives matters.


    I'd like to know which is correct and why?

    The second doesn't sound right to me.

    Jennie,

    It could have two meanings, as I tried to point out above, so there are two 'right' versions.

    If we assume that it is the changing bit that is important then that is what matters. I think this is the more likely of the two.

    But if it is about lives that are changing then they matter.

    Michael

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    Okay. I understand.

    So I guess it doesn't change anything if the slogan is prefaced by 'what matters.'

    In other words, the full slogan would read as follows:

    What matters. Changing lives matter.


    In that context, 'matter' is what is important. What is correct in this context?


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    Originally posted by govinda

    Okay. I understand.

    So I guess it doesn't change anything if the slogan is prefaced by 'what matters.'

    In other words, the full slogan would read as follows:

    What matters. Changing lives matter.


    In that context, 'matter' is what is important. What is correct in this context?

    Jennie,

    I don't see that makes any difference. It comes back to the changing/lives question.

    Is this a slogan you are creating? If so, what are you trying to say to people?

    Michael

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    I'm with Michael on this one.

    Changing lives matter.

    This sentence means something like "people who are changing are important."

    In this sentence, "changing" is an adjective, and the verb agrees with the noun "lives."

    Changing lives matters.

    This sentence means something like "making a change to people's lives is important."

    In this sentence "changing" is a gerund, and "lives" is the object of the gerund; therefore, the verb agrees with "changing."
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    Re: Matter or Matters?

    The sentences are ambiguous, I agree with Jennie, and I agree with your interpretation, guys, as well. However, isn't it easier to put it like this:

    Changing lives matter - in this sentence it's the lives which head the noun phrase (changing lives, consisting of an adjunct "changing" (adjective in the premodifier position) and the head noun), the noun itself is important. Since the noun is in plural, and it's the subject of the sentence, the verb gets the zero-inflection, or no ending. If we compare this example with: talking toys are fun.
    In the other sentence: [changing lives] matter, it's an ing-participle clause that we have in the sentence initial position, it's the matter of changing that is important here, comp.: Playing tennis is fun.

    Another ambiguous sentence for you, Jennie: Visiting relatives can be a nuisance.

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    Re: Matter or Matters?

    thanks for explaining these confusing & ambiguous sentences.your explainations cleared my doubts.

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