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    Plural or singular verb

    Which sentence is correct:

    1) This year's theme is the future requirements of European business.
    2) This year's theme are the future requirements of European business.

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    Re: Plural or singular verb

    As an English teacher yourself, Julie, you should be able to give us your own considered opinion.

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    Re: Plural or singular verb

    At first I wanted to mark sentence 1 wrong, but after turning a few pages I've found similar examples in Swan's 'Practical English' (p. 522): 'A serious problem is wasps.' And of course I know that in general the verb agrees with the subject of the sentence. Still I was not sure about this sentence - probably because of interference of my mother tongue.

    Are there any examples in the English language where this rule does not apply?
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    Re: Plural or singular verb

    'This year's theme is...' is correct.

    I cannot think of any exceptions to the rule, except perhaps 'The wages of sin is death', but there is an explanation of that apparent anomaly here.

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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 28-May-2013 at 19:53.

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