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    #1

    At the heart of the current friction between Hong Kong and mainland China isnít just

    At the heart of the current friction between Hong Kong and mainland China isnít just Hong Kongís autonomy and political freedoms.
    http://qz.com/283395/how-hong-kongs-...ainst-beijing/
    Is the singular verb grammatical in the above sentence?
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    Re: At the heart of the current friction between Hong Kong and mainland China isnít j

    It's correct if you consider 'Hong Kong’s autonomy and political freedoms' to be a single entity, which sounds good to me.

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    #3

    Re: At the heart of the current friction between Hong Kong and mainland China isnít j

    Why is the singular verb correct as 'freedoms' should be plural even if 'autonomy and political freedoms' is a single entity?

    Not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: At the heart of the current friction between Hong Kong and mainland China isnít j

    It all depends on the speaker's/writer's perception.

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    Re: At the heart of the current friction between Hong Kong and mainland China isnít j

    I am not a teacher.

    If it were only 'political freedoms' I would use the plural verb. In the sentence as it stands, I see the subject as being 'the issue/question of…'

    'At the heart of the current friction between Hong Kong and mainland China isn’t just (the issue of) Hong Kong’s autonomy and political freedoms.'

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    Re: At the heart of the current friction between Hong Kong and mainland China isnít j

    Given the second sentence n the text, it would work better for me without at in the first sentence- The heart/core of the current friction....

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