Let's consider such a dialog on a social network:

"Yesterday a guy sent me a photo of his unshaven legs!"

"Oh, legs is/are just a stupidity, it could've been much worse."

Can I reply like this and should it be is or are?

  • If it were a text, I think 'Oh, "legs" is just.. ' is fine. – user178049 Apr 10 '17 at 12:57
  • What do you convey by this? – SovereignSun Apr 10 '17 at 13:14
  • @SovereignSun that sending a pic of one's legs is just a manifestation of stupidity and isn't the worst possible scenario. – olegst Apr 10 '17 at 13:40
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    As SovereignSun mentions, the expression "to be a stupidity" sounds off in English no matter how the "to be" is inflected. – sumelic Apr 10 '17 at 15:16
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    Agreed about "stupidity", yes, I suppose it could be a countable noun, but using "a stupidity" to mean "something in particular that is stupid" sounds slightly wrong. – stangdon Apr 10 '17 at 18:21

Well, to answer your first question - Yes, you can reply in whatever way you like!

To answer your second question - The whole phrase sounds awkward. I would personally use "is" to emphasize the "is nothing but", however, it would be best if you rephrased the sentence:

  • "Oh, legs. That's stupid. Yet, it could've been much worse."
  • P.s. I hate such photos. – SovereignSun Apr 10 '17 at 14:11

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