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    This is one of the stories that show / shows the Buddhist concept of our behaviour.

    This is one of the stories that show / shows the Buddhist concept of our behaviour. I think although it is true that to speak is easy but to conduct is difficult, we are constantly trying to create good causes for our own happiness.

    Which verb should I use?

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    Re: This is one of the stories that show / shows the Buddhist concept of our behaviou

    The object, "one of the stories" is singular. So the verb should be "shows"
    The second sentence is not correct.

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    Re: This is one of the stories that show / shows the Buddhist concept of our behaviou

    I am not a teacher.

    I would say, 'This is one of the stories that shows…'

    I don't think the second sentence is incorrect; it just needs its punctuation improved.

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    Re: This is one of the stories that show / shows the Buddhist concept of our behaviou

    Is conduct a transitive or intransitive verb?
    "To create causes for happiness" does not sound right, does it?


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    Re: This is one of the stories that show / shows the Buddhist concept of our behaviou

    I am not a teacher.

    I don't think it is a very good sentence, but it seems to mean:

    'I think, although it is true that, "to speak is easy but to conduct is difficult", we are constantly trying to create good causes for our own happiness.'

    A 'good cause' is a principle that is considered worthy and should be supported. The sentence is saying that we are constantly creating them for our own benefit.

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    Re: This is one of the stories that show / shows the Buddhist concept of our behaviou

    I would say 'One of the stories that show...', just like I wouild say

    'I am one of those people who like football.'

    'She is one of those who hate going to the dentist.'

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    Re: This is one of the stories that show / shows the Buddhist concept of our behaviou

    I agree with Rover. It is one of [the stories that show...]
    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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    Re: This is one of the stories that show / shows the Buddhist concept of our behaviou

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
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    A 'good cause' is a principle that is considered worthy and should be supported. The sentence is saying that we are constantly creating them for our own benefit.

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    That is one meaning. The sentence in the story refers to the concept of 'karma' in which we (knowingly or unknowingly) create good and bad causes through our thoughts, speech (words) and action/deeds, which in turn bear fruits (results) that we then experience.

    For the second sentence, perhaps it can be started like this - I think although it is easier said than done, .....

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    Re: This is one of the stories that show / shows the Buddhist concept of our behaviou

    I am not a teacher.

    This might be of interest to learners.

    After expressions like one of the ... , singular and plural verbs are both used in relative clauses beginning who, which or that.

    She's one of the few women who have/has climbed Everest.

    This is one of those books that are/is read by everybody.

    Strictly speaking, a plural verb is correct (to agree with the few women who or those books that). However, singular verbs are also very common in these structures.

    Michael Swan. Practical English Usage

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    Re: This is one of the stories that show / shows the Buddhist concept of our behaviou

    One question on OP's sentence:

    I think although it is true that to speak is easy but to conduct is difficult...

    Shouldn't there be an object after conduct? Conduct what?

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