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1)The quest of finding methods of expression that is authentic to oneself open up doors

2)The quest of finding methods of expression that is authentic to oneself opens up doors

  • Thank you for the correction! Why is "opens" correct instead of "open"? – Justin Mar 1 at 4:04
  • Is "art and the process of creation presents to me a world of imagination" correct? – Justin Mar 1 at 4:17
  • That is a bit more complicated. When you have multiple noun phrases joined by "and", they are usually treated as a plural subject. See the answer to the following post: Can “time and convenience” take singular notional agreement in this sentence? Exceptions to that principle may exist in certain contexts for some speakers. – herisson Mar 1 at 4:20
  • So "art and the process of creation" is plural combined noun, thus present is correct instead of presents? – Justin Mar 1 at 4:23
  • Yes, "art and the process of creation" would most likely be treated as a plural noun phrase that takes a plural verb ("present"). – herisson Mar 1 at 4:25
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Neither is correct. "The quest of finding methods of expression that are authentic to oneself opens up doors" would be grammatical.

"Quest" is a singular noun: "The quest opens up doors". "Methods" is a plural noun: "Methods that are authentic".

The other answer suggests using "The quest of finding methods of [expression that is authentic to oneself] opens up doors", where "that is authentic to oneself" is taken as a relative clause modifying "expression". That is technically a possible structure for the sentence, and the use of "is authentic..." is correct for that structure, but it doesn't sound natural to me at all.

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The second one is correct.

In

The quest opens up doors.

the verb opens up agrees in person and number with the subject quest.

The sentence doesn't require are if both the prepositional phrase

of finding methods of expression

and the restrictive relative clause

that is authentic to oneself

refer to the noun quest.

The meaning of the sentence is that that quest which consists of finding methods of expression and that it is also, or it happens to also be, authentic to oneself, opens up doors.

  • Appreciate your detailed explanation! – Justin Mar 2 at 4:44

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