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    WHAT

    Which one is correct?

    1. What I am doing for Gail is love and devotion; and what I am doing for Christine is honor and affection.

    2. What I am doing for Gail are love and devotion; and what I am doing for Christine are honor and affection.

    THANKS.

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    Re: WHAT

    Either or is fine. "is love and devotion" means 'love and devotion' are paired as a set, whereas "are love and devotion" means 'love' and devotion' are separate things.

    1. What I am doing for Gail is (this:) [love and devotion];....
    2. What I am doing for Gail are (these:) [love] and [devotion]; ....

    By the way, 'doing...love and devotion' sounds odd; Try something like,

    What I am giving Gail is my love and devotion;....
    What I am giving Gail are my love and my devotion;....

    All the best,

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    THANKS, CASIOPEA. :)

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    Re: WHAT

    Quote Originally Posted by davidw55555
    Which one is correct?

    1. What I am doing for Gail is love and devotion; and what I am doing for Christine is honor and affection.

    2. What I am doing for Gail are love and devotion; and what I am doing for Christine are honor and affection.

    THANKS.
    I'm not sure I like the sentences at all. None of "love", "devotion", "honor", and "affection" are all abstract nouns. Thaey are not things one does for someone. It would be better as What I am doing for Gail is [a matter of love and devotion] [motivated by love and devotion] etc.

    As they stand, I would use the singualr verb. The subject of the sentence is a noun clause. Noun clauses are almost always viewed as a singular subject.

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