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    They are what make(s?) me happy

    Which one is correct?

    1) These things are important because they are what make me happy.

    2) These things are important because they are what makes me happy.

    I'd believe 2 is correct but I saw 1 used in a book written by a native speaker. Thanks!

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    Re: They are what make(s?) me happy

    Quote Originally Posted by enthink View Post
    Which one is correct?

    1) These things are important because they are what make me happy.

    2) These things are important because they are what makes me happy.

    I'd believe 2 is correct but I saw 1 used in a book written by a native speaker. Thanks!
    If you consider what the word "what" is replacing, you may see why 1) is correct.

    These things are important because they are the things that make me happy.

    Bear in mind that "they" is the important word here. It is plural therefore the following verb "make" must agree.

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    Re: They are what make(s?) me happy

    Hmm, doesn't that depend on the point of view?

    You could also play a trick and transform it this way:
    What makes me happy are the things that are important.

    Is there any native English speaker out there who considers 2 correct?

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    Re: They are what make(s?) me happy

    Is there any native English speaker out there who considers 2 correct?

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