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Use of the singular or plural "is" or "are" in ambiguous situations [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: [Singular] Is/Are [Plural]? In this sentence: The only exception are questions that are narrow enough that they can be reasonably answered definitively with one or two ...
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Is it grammatical to say "My favorite food is apples"? [duplicate]

Is it grammatical to say "My favorite food is apples"? If not, is there a similar language structure that begins with the words "My favorite food" that I could use to explain this? Perhaps it would be ...
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Is it correct to say: These are not homework? [duplicate]

A teacher sent home a list of assignments with a cover letter explaining, "These are not homework." "This is not homework," or "These pages are not homework," sound equally normal to me, but "These ...
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In special cases, can you use "one such family are" vs. "one such family is"? [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "one such family are..." as opposed to "one such family is..." in some circumstances? Say, for instance, as used in this article on gene families: [...] One such family are ...
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My favorite animal are dogs [duplicate]

My favorite animal are dogs. Is this acceptable? I believe this is ok because I see "animal" as one species and "dogs" as the variety of breeds. Of course, the best answer would be "my favorite ...
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The first and most well-known example is/are the reserves in the United States [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: [Singular] Is/Are [Plural]? Should the verb be is or are? I would say 'are', but a colleague says 'is'.
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'Was' or 'were' with 'period' & 'eleven years' [duplicate]

I was reading a letter I got from an old friend, back in 1998, and at a certain point she wrote: "Our period of greatest prosperity were those eleven years when Thatcher was in office." Is ...
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"Beans is our only option" or "Beans are our only option"— which is correct? [duplicate]

This sentence is in the context of dinner. Beans is/are our only option I'm confused as to whether "is" or "are" is necessary in this construct.
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Can "is" be used with plural nouns? [duplicate]

I'm creating a short slogan describing a website's functions. The website consists of a photos storage function plus discussion boards. This is an attempt to put it shortly: Example.com is photos ...
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Was vs were in "Today's lunch was sandwiches" [duplicate]

I was told the sentence "Today's lunch was sandwiches", should be "Today's lunch were sandwiches", but I don't think this is correct. However, when I switch the order I end up with this: ...
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Which sentence is correct and why (is VS are) [duplicate]

"The only thing holding me back is the available colours." or "The only thing holding me back are the available colours." It seems to me like a glitch either way. I slightly favour the second one ...
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"First part are [plural]", or "first part is [plural]"? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: [Singular] Is/Are [Plural]? I'm currently writing my master thesis on Bitcoin and I'm not sure which version of this sentence is correct: "The first most important part of ...
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Correct usage of "is" or "are" in this sentence [duplicate]

Which is the correct usage? Another thing to consider is your search results. Another thing to consider are your search results. Thanks!
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Can you put the article ‘a’ after the verb ‘are’? [duplicate]

So, I just read an article, and was confused by the sentence: In the study we just described, we found evidence that people’s self-discerning reflections — musings on whether parts of their ...
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Subject-verb agreement with plural nouns [duplicate]

I am confused about numbers. Which one is correct? Goals is what makes me feel alive. or Goals are what makes me feel alive. And another example I am confused about: Another factor is his ...
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