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Subject/Complement Agreement. How to describe problem with "The thing is/are the [plural NP] (eg ... the dangers involved)."

In my ell answer, version 32, I provided the following, problematic, wording (especially bold italic), and I need help to better understand this issue so I can fix my answer:1 The thing is ...
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Should I use "is'' or "are'' in the sentence, "The next canonical choice IS the so-called slip boundary conditions...''? [duplicate]

Should I use "is" or "are" in this sentence? The next canonical choice [is/are] the so-called slip boundary conditions... I've struggled to find an answer for this question ...
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"Is" followed by a plural noun [duplicate]

I just heard someone say "The noisiest thing outside is the birds". I understand the use of "is" being preceded by the singular "thing". But, the plural "birds" ...
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A Question About Plural Singular [duplicate]

In the following passage, is "These are a piece" grammatically incorrect? It feels odd to change it to "Theses are pieces" but that would seem more consistent. "The word ...
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Subject in the sentence

The most common kind is the curves. The data is pairs of y and x. Are subjects of these sentences kind and data, which means that is is the predicator (not are), right? I am confused by the following ...
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Can "is" be used for plural? [duplicate]

"The only thing bringing any money into that floating city IS tourists" Is this grammatically correct? Is there ever a time when one could us "is" for a plural?
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"Is" or "are" when linking two subjects with different plurality [duplicate]

How should this sentence be written? The crux of the problem is the two trees in the way. The crux of the problem are the two trees in the way. The cruxes of the problem are the two trees in the way. ...
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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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Combining singular and plural [duplicate]

I wanted to see if anyone can confirm the following sentence reads correct, with proper agreement: "Now remember, your sales and marketing teams are the life force that keeps business flowing to ...
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'type' or 'types'

I have the following sentence and I need your help: "In this thesis three type(s) of optimization approaches are developed. The first type(s) is/are heuristic algorithms. ... . The second type(s) is/...
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Singular or plural of 'type' [duplicate]

I have the following two sentences: In Germany, the most common type are air-water heat pumps, followed by brine-water heat pumps. In this thesis three type(s) of optimization approaches are ...
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Plural or singular: "The socks in these pictures [are/is] the left one, before and after it was cleaned." Is the correct conjugation "are" or "is"? [duplicate]

"The socks in question [are or is] the left one, before and after it was cleaned." Is the correct conjugation "are" or "is"? In the above sentence (and this one), a pair of socks is expected, but it ...
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Can a plural subject be followed by a complement beginning “a…”?

Can anyone kindly explain why this sentence is correct? Complex musical numbers are a defining characteristic of most Italian films.
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Use of WAS/WERE [duplicate]

The sentence is :"One of the most important things in his life WAS/WERE his speeches". I'm not sure about the concordance! Could you help me please?
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Should "is" or "are" be used in this sentence? [duplicate]

"One example I can think of is the expiration labels on food." It seems like you should say "is" because "example" is a singular noun, but the sentence sounds weird to me for some reason. Maybe "the" ...

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