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    Hi!

    Help me, please, with this sentence. Is it correct to say "The most positive thing was your lectures" or "The most possitive thing were your lectures"? Does the verb relate to "thing" or "lectures"?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    Hi!

    Help me, please, with this sentence. Is it correct to say "The most positive thing was your lectures" or "The most possitive thing were your lectures"? Does the verb relate to "thing" or "lectures"?

    Thanks in advance.
    "The most positive things were..." or "The most positive thing was..."

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    You're not alone in being confused about this.

    I often struggle to find a better way to write sentences like this. I find when you reverse the order, the verb doesn't sound as off. Your lectures were the most positive part of this class. (Note: positive, not possitive.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    To 'thing' (the subject).

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    Default Re: Were or was

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You're not alone in being confused about this.

    I often struggle to find a better way to write sentences like this. I find when you reverse the order, the verb doesn't sound as off. Your lectures were the most positive part of this class. (Note: positive, not possitive.)
    I agree with you. The solution to the verb problem is often rephrasing. In this case, phrasing the initial sentence in the plural also solves the problem: "The most positive things were your lectures".

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