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    singular or plural?

    Hello,

    The real purpose of his voyage was/were the souvenirs he got.

    Do I use a singular verb because of purpose or a plural verb because of souvenirs?

    I hope that you can help me. Thanks a lot!

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    Re: singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sunshine View Post
    Hello,

    The real purpose of his voyage was/were the souvenirs he got.

    Do I use a singular verb because of purpose or a plural verb because of souvenirs?

    I hope that you can help me. Thanks a lot!
    It needs to be "was" since it corresponds to the subject, which is "purpose."

    Generally we would rephrase such a sentence. What was the purpose? Not souvenirs but "getting" or "to get" souvenirs.

    Thus we might write: "The real purpose of his voyage was to get souvenirs."

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