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Aug
14
comment “Take a photo” — why “take”?
Fine artists often refer to their work as "making" photographs, to de-emphasize the passive connotations of "taking" photographs.
Jul
16
comment Is “I believe x does not equal y” the same as “I don't believe x equals y”
Related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/177675/…
Jun
13
answered Is there a functional difference between “not believing” and “believing not”?
Mar
20
comment What is the word meaning “going on and on for miles and miles”?
Endless or boundless (hyperbole, but evocative), measureless...
Oct
23
awarded  Enlightened
Oct
23
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
13
comment Pluralization of currencies like the baht and the ringgit
Likewise. Every sign, haggle, and other mention of money that I experienced in Thailand was "baht," even and especially in the plural. (1 baht is so ridiculously small an amount of money, it rarely comes up)
Mar
2
awarded  Yearling
Feb
15
comment Differences between “price point” and “price”
+1 @fortunate1 — Also the 3D effect on the chart makes it difficult to read actual values at a glance.
Sep
25
comment Is there a word to describe female between 'girl' and 'woman'?
Dated, but still prevalent. I hear "working girl", I think "prostitute".
Sep
5
comment “What they are is x” — is singular “is” correct, and why?
Don't patronize me. I know how the verb "to be" works. "Is" is in fact correct, but the reason for it (noun clauses have singular count, as Cool Elf pointed out) is not anywhere in your provided link.
Sep
5
revised “What they are is x” — is singular “is” correct, and why?
added 191 characters in body
Sep
3
comment “What they are is x” — is singular “is” correct, and why?
Ah, but you've introduced a gerund there, which is lacking in the original context. This shifts it from present to present progressive, adding an indication of an extended state of being. The initial example is a simple state assignment. The authors are giants. The authors are not being giants.
Aug
31
comment “What they are is x” — is singular “is” correct, and why?
You are correct, what is a nominal relative clause, a fused or compound form of "that which", in this particular case. "Giants is that which the authors are" — I still believe this to be incorrect.
Aug
31
comment “What they are is x” — is singular “is” correct, and why?
On what rule are you basing your comment "a what subordinate clause acts as a singular subject of the third person, even if it refers to several objects semantically, and even if the subject complement (giants) is plural or of the first person"? I was under the impression that nominal relatives were subject to number contrast. I agree that it is easy to treat it as uniformly singular, and that it seems a subconscious function to do so, but I would be interested in the specific rule upon which you base this assertion.
Aug
31
awarded  Editor
Aug
31
comment “What they are is x” — is singular “is” correct, and why?
Made a comment, then decided to add it to my primary answer.
Aug
31
revised “What they are is x” — is singular “is” correct, and why?
Migrated a comment to the main answer
Aug
31
comment “What they are is x” — is singular “is” correct, and why?
Ah, but your noun has a different count than the example. Your version works, but make it reflect the example more — "I like dairy products, and dairy products is what these are" — not so much.
Aug
31
answered “What they are is x” — is singular “is” correct, and why?