I'm learning English and I'm having trouble on understanding which word I should use to avoid any subject-verb agreement issue.
Which one is correct?
The counting of votes are easy.
The counting of votes is easy.
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Counting is a gerund, a noun in the form of the present participle of a verb (or a form that is derived from a verb but that functions as a noun). A gerund is usually considered singular, and the used verb is the one you would use for the third singular person.
Eating apples is good for your health.
Playing helps children to learn.
Playing Pac-man was one of my preferred activities when I was a teenager.