"Personal fulfillment is achievement of life goals which are important to an individual, in contrast to the goals of society, family and other collective obligations. Personal fulfillment is an ongoing journey for a human individual."

I think it should be "which is important", because the "which" right now refer to the "achievement" and the achievement is in the singular form.

Please correct me if I am wrong

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_fulfillment

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I just realised that the "which" is refer to the "life goals", not the "achievement".

  • You've got it!!
    – BoldBen
    Commented Oct 19, 2020 at 5:06
  • You need the word that not which. Commented Oct 19, 2020 at 13:36

Replacing "which" with "that" would be better here as the clause following "are" is restrictive, i.e., removing this clause would change the meaning of this statement. This would also further simplify the use of "are. "


Which are important to an individual is an adjective clause. The Subordinating linker WHICH- American preference for THAT conceded, refers to the antecedent, Goals and hence requires a plural verb. Of course as suggested by you the noun phrase, Achievement of life goals can as well be the subject of the adjective clause and in that case a singular verb can as well be appropriate. It all depends on the intended meaning.

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