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Is or are in this context [duplicate]

'The next thing i wanna talk about is/are the modifications to the...' You say you want to talk about a thing and it's singular so it could be is, but it could be are because the actual thing you're ...
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Which of these sentences is correct and why? "My favorite food is/are hamburger(s)" [duplicate]

My favorite food is hamburgers. My favorite food are hamburgers. My favorite food is hamburger. As a native speaker, I know instinctively that number 1 is correct but I'm finding it difficult to ...
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agreement of the subject complement with the subject [duplicate]

A colleague of mine asked me, "Can we say 'My favorite food is hamburgers.'" I said of course it is correct. But she said a native speaker says it is wrong. It should be "My favorite ...
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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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What is the correct conjugation for "The problem is/are the rules"? [duplicate]

I recently stumbled across the sentence below, but I'm not sure which version is correct (or more specifically, I personally am pretty sure it's the second one, but other people disagreed): The ...
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How to say "He is my spectacles"? [duplicate]

Assume that I am a blind person and am writing an essay about how my brother allows me to see the world (just like spectacles allow people with poor vision to see the world) through his conversations ...
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Agreement in "[Singular Noun] Is/Are [Plural Noun]"?

My fish's native habitat is rice fields. My fish's native habitat are rice fields. Which one is correct? I'm pretty sure it's the first, since 'is' modifies 'habitat,' but it still sounds weird...
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Should I use 'is' or 'are' in ambiguous sentences like this one? [duplicate]

I understand that you should use 'is' for singular and 'are' for plural, but in this sentence I am not sure which applies. Take the sentence Bees are an important part of our ecosystem. Let's say I ...
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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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Cashews are excellent sources of magnesium?

A mistake I've heard many English learners use happens to be really hard to explain, so I'll give some examples: Scissors are major causes of blindness among irresponsible children instead of "...
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Can I say, “The alternative to it are private schools.”? [duplicate]

Is it possible to use this word order for the two subjects?
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Question about parts of a sentence

I have a question about this sentence: "The tarsier's most remarkable feature, however, is it's enormous eyes, which, relative to body size, are the largest eyes of any mammal." What part of the ...
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Can singular nouns be compared to plural ones? [closed]

In the end of the Pink Panther episode "Sink Pink", the pink panther says: "Why can't Man be more like animals?" Does this comparison employ correct grammar? It sounds wrong to me. Link to ...
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plural form or singular form after a subject clause [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? What matters are people. What matters is people. What matter are people. Thank you.
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subject verb agreement: "the downside are the messages" [duplicate]

Which is the correct one: the big downside is the imperfect messages the user gets. the big downside are the imperfect messages the user gets. I am almost sure the second one is correct with "...

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