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    would you help me with this sentence?

    The most important reason for air pollution is/are factories.


    As the actual subject of the above sentence is factories: a plural noun
    I wonder if I should write 'is' or 'are' as the main verb!
    I think the verb 'is' will be appropriate here.

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    Re: would you help me with this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by skystar30097 View Post
    The most important reason for air pollution is/are factories.


    As the actual subject of the above sentence is factories: a plural noun
    I wonder if I should write 'is' or 'are' as the main verb!
    I think the verb 'is' will be appropriate here.
    It's an unnatural sentence.

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    Re: would you help me with this sentence?

    It would be much more natural if it started "The main cause of ..."

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    Re: would you help me with this sentence?

    NOT A TEACHER

    Or it could also start, "The greatest/largest source of air pollution is ...".

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    Re: would you help me with this sentence?

    Thank you

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    Re: would you help me with this sentence?

    So I should write the main cause of air pollution is fctories.
    or the great source of airpollution is factories.

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    Re: would you help me with this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by skystar30097 View Post
    So I should write the main cause of air pollution is fctories.
    or the great source of airpollution is factories.
    Either: The main cause of air pollution is factories.
    or: Factories are a great source of air pollution.

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