If you are looking for ransom I can tell you I don't have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills.

I'm talking about that verb in italics, because I'm not sure if I'm an idiot or my 'friend' is. Because I think it's supposed to be is instead of are.


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The object you have is singular (a set), so... my sentence just answered your question. What you have is a set of skills.

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    As this is an answer, a little more elaboration with a citation would be helpful.
    – lbf
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 19:14
  • Here you go? www.grammarbook.com/grammar/subjectVerbAgree.asp
    – James
    Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 22:08
  • edit that into your answer if you will.
    – lbf
    Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 22:10

Assuming you don't subscribe to the “what” or “all” clause takes a singular verb rule, the question here is whether the verb should agree plurally with the accusative noun set or the genitive noun skills. I couldn't find any information on this but I would say that either is acceptable. If I was feeling particularly pedantic I might prefer the former.

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