They are both correct.
"My favorite thing to smell is flowers," means that you like the smell of flowers in general.
"My favorite things to smell are flowers," hints more at your sticking your nose into actual blooms. AmE
All versions are acceptable and share a common meaning: multiple children from different families, kidnapped by at least 1 family member.
The variant meanings include circumstances where the children are:
all from a single family
each from different families
and whether the kidnapper(s) is/are:
a single individual responsible for all the kidnappings (1 ...
(2) The structure S - V - IO - DO (I gave my dog a bone; I bought my wife a Lambo) can usually (though not always; see the exceptions, the different semantic readings, mentioned by Huddleston & Pullum below) be recast as
S - V - DO - to [recipient] (I gave a bone to my dog.)
S - V - DO - for [beneficiary] (I bought a Lambo for my wife.) (I called ...
The explanation given in the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary makes the distinction clear. In this dictionary the pattern "VNN" is that for transitive verbs with a direct object (N) and an indirect one (N), the objects being noun phrases. the patterns "VN-N" and "VN-ADJ" are those of transitive verbs that have a direct object and a complement (which can ...
In your example, yourself is being correctly used as a reflexive form (you love yourself).
If someone invites you to a party (with or without another person), the verb is not reflexive, so yourself is inappropriate.
I would say
We would like John and yourself to come to the party
We would like you and John to come to the party
but I would not say
We would like John and you to come to the party
My reasoning is that yourself is used for emphasis when the subject is "you". If I was using the second phrase above, I would be saying that I want that you to come ...
First, we need to separate out your embedded question clause (who the winner is). That whole clause is the object of the verb knows.
Now let's look at that clause . . .
Is is a linking verb. There are no objects in linking verb clauses. You can see this quite clearly when pronouns are involved. Both the subject and subject complement are subject pronouns:
In the relative clause (WHO/WHOM the winner is) appears the verb "to be", which can't have an object; "to be" is a copular verb and copular verbs have no object; since "whom" is the object case for the pronoun, that would make it the object of the verb "to be"; therefore the pronoun form is "who".
There are a number of ways to parse the two sentences, and they do have similar meanings, in that they can both be used to describe the same event. But they have completely different structures and their parses are not the same. Partly this is due to the wide range of syntactic structures available to sense verbs like hear, but also to the fact that English ...