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Which of the following is correct?

Things such as this make me happy.

Things such as this makes me happy.

Is the subject "things" or "this"?

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This is simple verb conjugation. –  Matt Эллен Jun 21 '12 at 8:05
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Things is the subject, while such as this is a phrase which modifies things. Take out the such as this to determine subject-verb agreement:

Things make me happy.

Then put such as this back in:

Things such as this make me happy.

That is the only correct option.

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Whatever "this" is, you could always get two of them. That way, you could say, "Things such as these make me happy." That is the other correct option. :^) –  J.R. Jun 20 '12 at 23:15
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