All I can think about is the sun, oak tree, and large bird.


All I can think about are the sun, oak tree, and large bird.

  • Technically, is has to agree with all (or the phrase headed by all), not the list that follows. There are arguments for both singular and plural agreement. Some examples: all is well; all are present. In your case, it could be either, depending on whether you're treating all you could think about as a compound whole or as separate elements. – Lawrence Jun 16 '17 at 4:57
  • They are separate elements on my mind. – Lauren Jun 16 '17 at 5:12
  • Similar: “When all you hear is fear and lies” – herisson Jun 16 '17 at 5:33
  • @sumelic 'Fear' isn't count their, which makes a significant difference. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 16 '17 at 8:38
  • This has been addressed before, but in two parts. [a] 'All the X' may take a singular ('All the money has gone') or plural ('All the men were there') verb-form. // [b] notional override is often used (and, I'd say, often preferable): 'Bacon and eggs is my favourite meal. I'm so hungry that all I can think about is bacon and eggs.' With a coordinated list considered largely as a whole, I'd use a singular verb-form. But, with a list of items considered as separate elements ('Bacon and eggs have both risen in price this year'), a plural ... – Edwin Ashworth Jun 16 '17 at 8:49

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