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    is or are?

    While reading an article about the Arab soap opera I came across this sentence:

    e.g. What really hooks viewers are the rollicking storylines.(shouldn't be 'is' instead of 'are'?)

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    Re: is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    While reading an article about the Arab soap opera I came across this sentence:

    e.g. What really hooks viewers are the rollicking storylines.(shouldn't be 'is' instead of 'are'?)
    If you reverse the sentence so that it starts with "The rollicking storylines ..." you may see which is more appropriate.

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    Re: is or are?



    e.g. What really hooks viewers are the rollicking storylines.(shouldn't be 'is' instead of 'are'?)[/QUOTE]


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    (1) I shall not try to answer your question, but I will share some examples of

    "good" English from a book written by a man who was very strict about grammar:

    What to watch for is such things as dry, sandy layers.
    What Jane is clutching to her bosom is four kittens.
    What they saw was the white sand cliffs.
    What these gentlemen need is some new moral values.

    Source: Wilson Follett, Modern American Usage (1980 edition, page 233).

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    Re: is or are?

    "What really hooks viewers are the rollicking storylines." I'd accept ether "is" or "are" in that sentence.

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