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    #1

    all I hear right now is-are excuses

    Which one is correct?

    1) All I hear right now is excuses
    2) All I hear right now are excuses

    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: all I hear right now is-are excuses

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    #3

    Re: all I hear right now is-are excuses

    Boris, no sentence is correct without a final punctuation mark.

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    Re: all I hear right now is-are excuses

    I think the following is worth the OP's reference, but I am not a teacher.
    'Linking verbs agree with the subject, not the predicate noun/compliment.'── quoted from http://writingcenter.unlv.edu/writing/svagree.html

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    #5

    Re: all I hear right now is-are excuses

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'Linking verbs agree with the subject, not the predicate noun/compliment.'

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Yes, Mr. Wai, that is, indeed, the rule.

    I think, however, that -- as a teacher has stated in this thread -- many (most?) Americans would, indeed, say "All (that) I hear right now are excuses."

    Nevertheless, the traditional rule does call for the singular with the word "all."

    That is to say, "The one thing that I hear right now is excuses."

    Here are three "incorrect" sentences taken from a book written some years ago by a very "strict" author. (The fact that he found these "incorrect" sentences is "proof" that native speakers often break the rule.)

    1. "All that came to him were voices." (Use "was.")
    2. "All you need are a cup of molasses, 2 teaspoons of vinegar, 3/4 cup of sugar." (Use "is.")
    3. "All we need are a few suits of armor hanging over the line to dry." ((Use "is.")

    *****

    I thought that some students would like this information. Of course, students want to learn current and natural-sounding English, so they should follow the advice of the teachers here. I will keep my choice to myself.


    Source: Wilson Follett, Modern American Usage (1980 edition), page 233.
    Last edited by TheParser; 17-Aug-2015 at 13:28.

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    Re: all I hear right now is-are excuses

    James,
    Where were you finding these information on the Internet?
    I found nothing at the any site or on the Internet.
    Would you like to find a grammar book for reference?(Because I always look at your post that all of threads are stated where the resource from.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Where were you finding these information on the Internet?
    I think you are oblivious to the following line, but I am not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Source: Wilson Follett, Modern American Usage (1980 edition), page 233.

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    #8

    Re: all I hear right now is-are excuses

    The Parser's post shows that it has been edited. It's possible that he/she added that information after post #6 but before post #7.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: all I hear right now is-are excuses

    I have to disagree with The Parser. "All" is not always singular.

    What happened to the cupcakes? All have been eaten.
    Has anyone checked on the passengers? All have been accounted for.

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    #10

    Re: all I hear right now is-are excuses

    I'd accept either of the original sentences. They both sound natural.
    I'd probably say 1, since I'd take it to mean, "The only thing I hear right now is excuses" rather then, "The only things I hear right now are excuses."

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