It is these three sentences that show why I am an expert orator

Suppose that there are three paragraphs above this line that each talk about one of the three sentences being referenced.

Should it be

These three sentences are the ones that show why I am an expert orator?

If a mod feels this thread may be redundant given the one posted in the comments, you have my blessing to close it. If you think it isn't redundant enough, then that's fine as well.

  • Hugely related and probably a duplicate: Subject-complement agreement.
    – Andrew Leach
    Oct 7, 2016 at 19:55
  • Why do you think there's anything wrong here? What's your first language?
    – tchrist
    Oct 7, 2016 at 19:58
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    Thank you very much @Andrew_Leach, that thread is a great resource. tchrist my first language is English; but the lack of plural agreement between "is" and "three sentences" gave me some concern. Instinctively, one might expect "is" to be followed by an adjective or singular noun depending on the context.
    – Antecedent
    Oct 7, 2016 at 20:03
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    Verbs agree with their subjects in English, not with their complements.
    – tchrist
    Oct 7, 2016 at 20:08
  • I don't think that I was ever taught that before. Good to know though
    – Antecedent
    Oct 7, 2016 at 20:14


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