Do I say "hymns are my favourite music genre" or what?


Do you use the singular or plural, and does the "be" form follow that or the singular "genre"?

asked Jul 03 '13 at 08:55 M New member

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I don't think it is necessary at all to modify the sentence structure to singular = singular. You could easily say: My favourite genre is ghost stories. Now you have singular = plural (where = means linking verb). The complement needn't agree in number with the subject. One could say: Ants are a nuisance. There's nothing wrong with equating (linking verb) the plural 'ants' with the singular 'a nuisance'. Anyway, your question relates to the agreement between the subject 'hymns' and the linking verb 'are'. Turn your sentence around and you have: My favourite genre is hymns. You have to agree the subject and the verb, not the complement (what follows the linking verb) and the verb.

link comment answered Jul 03 '13 at 22:50 Ahmad Barnard Expert
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link comment answered Jul 04 '13 at 15:55 New member

I vote for the "or what?" 


Just kidding.  Turn the sentence around, and the answer will appear, "my favorite music genre is hymns." 

link comment answered Mar 04 '16 at 21:42 Twila New member

I would definitely agree that you can just paraphrase to something like:"My favourite music genre is hymns" or else you could check here.

link comment answered May 13 '16 at 13:33 Elsa Benton New member

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