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    'is' or 'are' in the following sentence

    Hi All,

    I want to know if I should use 'is' or 'are' in the following sentence and why.

    'The major sound scatterer in a hydrothermal plume is/are temperature fluctuations.'

    I think 'is' is correct since the subject 'the major sound scatterer' is singular. However, there is another voice in my mind saying I should use 'are' since the object 'temperature fluctuations' are plural.

    Thanks!

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    Re: 'is' or 'are' in the following sentence

    When in doubt, go with the subject. Or you can rephrase it in the plural.

    'The major sound scatterers in hydrothermal plumes are temperature fluctuations.'

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    Re: 'is' or 'are' in the following sentence

    Or Temperature fluctuations are the major sound scatterers in hydrothermal plumes.

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