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    Vibovit is offline Junior Member
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    Default "It is the everyday things"

    Such a construction: "It is the everyday things..." - and the likes, baffle me.
    Verb: singular - noun: plural
    Of course I intuitionally understand, why. But could somebody please explain me the formal rule for that (if there is any ;) )??

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    Default Re: "It is the everyday things"

    Here, the speaker is grouping all of the things into a single category that will have a single effect, or whatever the sentence goes on to say. Singular and plural are often not straightforward mathematical choices.

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