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I came across the sentence

My biggest grievance is grammar mistakes.

I'd be inclined to write it as

My biggest grievance is with grammar mistakes.

or

Grammar mistakes are my biggest grievance.

What is the correct way to write this, and why?

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They are all correct. See this related question (asked by none other than myself): english.stackexchange.com/questions/8716/… –  Cerberus May 12 '12 at 18:27
    
Every one of them is correct. 'grammar mistakes' could be considered either as a type of error (singular) or several instances of individual errors (plural). –  Kris May 12 '12 at 18:28
    
Related (and possible duplicate): <Singular> Is/Are <Plural>? –  RegDwigнt May 12 '12 at 19:21
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The verb should be singular or plural based on the subject. In your first and second examples, grievance is your subject, so you use is. In the last example, mistakes is your subject so you want to use are.

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No, this is wrong. As is stated in the comments, all of the options are correct. –  Matt Эллен May 14 '12 at 8:41
    
@MattЭллен But doesn't Dymatic say exactly the same thing as you do, although in a more tortous way? Why downvoting him for saying that the three sentences are all correct and that the verb should be the one requested by the subject? –  Paola May 14 '12 at 9:29
    
@Paola, I see, yes. I was confused by the wording. –  Matt Эллен May 14 '12 at 9:34
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