Is vs Are usage in "What..." constructions


"What sets the film apart IS the unforgettable scenes of fall foliage" -OR- "What sets the film apart ARE the unforgettable scenes of fall foliage"?

Verbs Usage asked Oct 14 '12 at 15:52 Mary Louise English New member

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Thank you. I had a brain hiccup.

link answered Oct 14 '12 at 16:18 Mary Louise English New member

Happens to all of us, Mary. Just go slowly and analyze. Look for the noun that is doing the action, or is the antecedent to what is doing the action. Sometimes, when they are far apart, you may have to read the sentence through a couple of times before it clicks.

Lewis NeidhardtOct 14 '12 at 20:10

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I think "ARE" is correct.

link comment answered Nov 06 '12 at 08:25 aung myint New member

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