Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
ESL, is/are, subject-verb agreement
Which is correct?
|Enter the CHRO: Apparently, what the world needs now ___ more C-level execs.
This one seems obvious when you stop and read carefully… but I have to admit that when I saw a version of this sentence using “are,” the error slipped right past me initially. Then it snagged and I saw what the issue is.
It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about a gazillion C-level execs (or puppies or snickerdoodles or what have you) — the verb “is” modifies the phrase “what the world needs now,” which is singular, not the subject of the sentence, those proliferating C-level execs.
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