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    #1

    One of my favourite places is (or ARE) the shopping malls?

    Would it be better to say, "One of my favourite places IS the shopping malls" or "One of my favourite places ARE the shopping malls"?

    I guess you're talking here about all the shopping malls.

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    #2

    Re: One of my favourite places is (or ARE) the shopping malls?

    The subject is singular: one of my favorite places. Therefore the correct choice is is.

    If the subject is plural, you need are: My favorite places are shopping malls.

    You should drop the definite article in your sample sentences.
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    Re: One of my favourite places is (or ARE) the shopping malls?

    Exactly right. Englishteacher, is your native language really English? If it's not, you should correct your member information.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #4

    Re: One of my favourite places is (or ARE) the shopping malls?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    If the subject is plural, you need are: My favorite places are shopping malls.
    Or to keep the wording closest to the original:
    Two of my favourite places are shopping malls and theme parks.

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    #5

    Re: One of my favourite places is (or ARE) the shopping malls?

    You can also say:

    Some
    of my favourite places are the shopping malls
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    #6

    Re: One of my favourite places is (or ARE) the shopping malls?

    You might hear someone say are, though- it's the kind of slips that is easy to make when speaking.

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    Re: One of my favourite places is (or ARE) the shopping malls?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You might hear someone say are, though- it's the kind of slips that is easy to make when speaking.
    Yup. We're just showing ET correct standard English. ET will hear every use and misuse out in the world.
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    Re: One of my favourite places is (or ARE) the shopping malls?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Exactly right. Englishteacher, is your native language really English? If it's not, you should correct your member information.
    Native speakers, especially teachers of English will get this right - in an ideal world! However, this is the sort of question that many people are not too sure about. I don't know about Australia, but it's possible in England to graduate in English without ever having been corrected on such points.

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    Re: One of my favourite places is (or ARE) the shopping malls?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Native speakers, especially teachers of English will get this right - in an ideal world! However, this is the sort of question that many people are not too sure about. I don't know about Australia, but it's possible in England to graduate in English without ever having been corrected on such points.
    Same in the US, of course. We're just trying to share standard English grammar rules. The world will show ET all the variations. It's like studying jazz. First you learn the rules, then you break them.

    On common-error issues (who versus whom, he or she versus they), I sometimes tell students that while it (whatever it is) is wrong, it's common, natural, and generally fine for informal speech.

    Which is kind of what you're doing, I think.

    Englishteacher: When in doubt, diagram: One | is / malls.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 28-Apr-2016 at 01:24.
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    Re: One of my favourite places is (or ARE) the shopping malls?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I don't know about Australia, but it's possible in England to graduate in English without ever having been corrected on such points.
    I believe that Australian English teaching courses are now concentrating on postmodernist pedagogy and intersectional discourse.

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