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    Any similarities to actual events...

    The following sentence appears at the very end of the closing credits of "Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces" (2013):

    Any similarities to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

    The subject and the verb clearly do not agree in number. However, a friend says that at least a hundred people must have proofread the text, so the sentence can't be incorrect. She won't agree with me unless she receives confirmation from higher authority (a native speaker/teacher).

    PS: A bottle of fine old Scotch whisky is at stake!

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    Re: Any similarities to actual events...

    Quote Originally Posted by kilroy65 View Post
    PS: A bottle of fine old Scotch whisky is at stake!
    What does the higher authority receive for providing confirmation?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Any similarities to actual events...

    So, should it be "Any similarity to ... is ..."?

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    Re: Any similarities to actual events...

    Yes, that would be correct.

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    Re: Any similarities to actual events...

    What does a non-native English teacher receive for providing a grammatically correct sentence?
    Hmm. A (roll of) Scotch tape?

    (Edit)
    I've added "roll of" to make it grammatical.
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