[Grammar] Sound perfect! vs sounds perfect!

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What is correct form of this expression: "Sound perfect!" or "Sounds perfect!"?

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Sounds perfect! is correct because it's short for It/that sounds perfect!
 

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:-? But suppose the subject of sound is plural? I admit that the singular is more common, when - as is often the case - 'Sounds perfect' is an elided from of 'That sounds perfect.' But if I'm inviting contributions to a picnic, and there's a range of suggestions: '[Those all] sound perfect.'

Of course, the 'Those all' is less likely to get elided (though it could be: 'I use IDE disks.'/ 'Still using those old things? Why not use SATA disks? They're quicker, quieter, and less prone to error.'/'Sound perfect'). But one can't just say "'Sound perfect' is wrong"; sometimes it's not.

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Yes, there are sentences where it is possible to use the combination "sound perfect." But as a standalone expression, it is "sounds perfect."
 
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