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    subject-verb agreement

    In the following sentence "They are determined to fight for what they believe (is/ are) their rights. Should I use singular "is" or plural "are"? It seems to me "what" is the subject in the noun clause but the textbook uses "are".

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    Re: subject-verb agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by sjc55 View Post
    In the following sentence "They are determined to fight for what they believe (is/ are) their rights. Should I use singular "is" or plural "are"? It seems to me "what" is the subject in the noun clause but the textbook uses "are".
    Both are o.k

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    Re: subject-verb agreement

    I'd only use are in this sentence since the word 'what' refers to 'rights'.

    To me it's the same logic as in these sentences:
    What do they believe their rights are?
    They know what their rights are.
    What are their rights?

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