I'm confused with these two. Which of them is grammatically correct?

  • "The violence on TV shows are bad for childrens"
  • "The violence on TV shows is bad for childrens"

My teacher said that I am wrong for answering "The violence on TV shows is bad for childrens." I answered this because I thought the bad thing was the violence, not the TV shows.

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The violence on TV shows is bad for childrens.

is almost correct but note that children is already plural so the s is not needed

The violence on TV shows is bad for children.

is the way to go. As you state the subject is violence which is singular.

  • Unless they're speaking African-American Vernacular English, which sometimes uses "chilluns" to mean "children". – nick012000 Oct 21 '20 at 15:06
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    @nick012000: Have you any evidence for that? To the extent that AAVE is a "true dialect" (as opposed to "pidgin", or just "uneducated"), I'd say the singular/plural nouns are chile and chillun. I suspect the "hypercorrected" version chilluns might be more likely to appear in fictional narrative contexts written by a non-AAVE author who doesn't actually know the dialect very well. – FumbleFingers Oct 21 '20 at 15:50
  • @FumbleFingersReinstateMonica It's listed on Urban Dictionary, at least. urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=chillens – nick012000 Oct 21 '20 at 16:05

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