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    Hello, teachers :)

    I am doing reading exercise, I don't have a difficulty in understanding sentences but I don't understand how theses sentences work grammatically.
    So I need help!


    Sentence 1 : What we need today are authors who tantalize their readers with an excellence they can never hope to match.
    Question 1 : I can't understand how it could be "are". I think it should be "is" because it is connected to what clause.

    Sentence 2 : The hopeless secret agent was ready to capitulate to the enemy when her friend burst into the room, guns blaring, and rescued her.
    Question 2 : I think it should be "with guns blaring" instead of guns blaring. Is it correct to say like first sentence? or my suggestion is also correct.

    Thank you in advance.
    Have a nice day! Cheers !

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    Default Re: Are these right sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by JIN THE LEGAND View Post
    Hello, teachers :)

    I am doing reading exercise, I don't have a difficulty in understanding sentences but I don't understand how theses sentences work grammatically.
    So I need help!


    Sentence 1 : What we need today are authors who tantalize their readers with an excellence they can never hope to match.
    Question 1 : I can't understand how it could be "are". I think it should be "is" because it is connected to what clause.

    You need to look at the following word to determine whether it's singular or plural:
    What we need now is a cat.
    What we need now are ten cats.

    If it helps/makes it clearer to see, reverse the word order:
    A cat is what we need now.
    Ten cats are what we need now.

    Note, though, that you will frequently see/hear "What we need is ten cats" from native speakers.

    Sentence 2 : The hopeless secret agent was ready to capitulate to the enemy when her friend burst into the room, guns blaring, and rescued her.
    Question 2 : I think it should be "with guns blaring" instead of guns blaring. Is it correct to say like first sentence? or my suggestion is also correct.
    Your suggestion is fine but the omission of "with" is perfectly acceptable. However, I would not expect to see "blaring" there. The usual phrase is "[all] guns blazing". Are you sure you copied it correctly?

    Thank you in advance.
    Have a nice day! Cheers !
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    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Are these right sentence?

    Thank you so much for the kind explanation :)

    and yes, I copied it correctly. It says this book is written by native English speaker, though, maybe some mistakes have been made during editing.

    Have a wonderful day! I appreciate it!!

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