Relevant verb form after the subject

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Relevant verb form after the subject

Post by sidneyeng » Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:18 pm

In the sentence what should be the right word,"The only thing that I want you to hit right now is/are the books."

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Re: Relevant verb form after the subject

Post by Alan » Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:25 am

Strictly speaking, 'is' is correct since the grammatical subject (thing) is singular. However, many speakers would happily accept 'are' on account of the plural complement (books).

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