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Should we use don't or doesn't in the below sentence and why?

"Knowing magic secrets doesn’t make you a magician"

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"Don't/doesn't" work in the absolutely same way as "do/does".

If there is one countable unit (or a gerund) or one uncountable unit then "doesn't", if there are more than one unit or a plural amount then "don't":

  • A horse and a revolver don't make you a cowboy.
  • Having a lot of money doesn't make you happy.
  • Money doesn't grow.
  • Butterflies don't live a long a happy life.

However, in cases when we render several units as a single unit, or as something abstract we use "doesn't":

  • A quill and ink doesn't write a story.
  • His bread and butter doesn't bring in much money.
  • So it should be 'doesn't in the above example, considering 'magic secrets' as rendering several units as a single unit. Am i right? – santhosha Jan 17 '18 at 10:10
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    No, "Knowing magic secrets" is a gerund thus "doesn't". – SovereignSun Jan 17 '18 at 10:15

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