Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?    Reading poems and understanding them has always been easy for me. Reading poems and understanding them have always been easy for me.

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In your sentences, you have used a compound subject--reading and understanding. The problem is that subject/verb identification and/or agreement probably isn't quite clear to you. Your subject in both sentences is:

  • reading and understanding

This is a compound singular noun subject. Since it is singular, it must take a singular verb, and a singular verb will take the "s" form. A plural noun would take a plural verb, which would not take the "s" form unlike a plural noun which would require an "s" form.

  • Example:
  • a dog/barks
  • the dogs/bark

So your sentence "Reading poems and understanding them has always been easy for me," would be the correct sentence.

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