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    Singular or Plural

    Which is correct:

    What I can offer you is beauty, intelligence, and honesty.

    or

    What I can offer are beauty, intelligence, and honesty.

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    Re: Singular or Plural

    Do all three come as a package? If so, then "is" makes perfect sense.

    Does the person have to choose only one from those three choices? Then "are" makes sense. (Your choices are...)

    Simpler: I can offer you x, y, and z.
    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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    #3

    Question Re: Singular or Plural

    Is, not are

    What I can offer you is xx, xx, and xx
    not What I can offer you are xx, xx, and

    The verb agrees with the "what" and not with the plural list of virtues that follow!

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    Re: Singular or Plural

    Thanks for the information.

    Steve-O

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