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The main thing ... <is/are> the cars.

Discussion in 'English Only' started by loureed4, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. loureed4 Senior Member

    Spain
    Spanish
    Hello,

    I was just writing an email with this sentence:

    "The main thing for this event to be successful is/are the cars"

    Maybe it is no big deal but I was wondering if I should have used "are" rather than "is". I used "is" becuase of "The main thing" , which is in singular.

    Thanks a lot in advance! :)
     
  2. Tazzler Senior Member

    Maryland
    American English
    I would say that the singular agreement is preferred in such cases (unlike Spanish, so it takes some getting used to on both sides!).
     
  3. loureed4 Senior Member

    Spain
    Spanish
    Thanks a lot Tazzler!

    You are right, we would: "Lo principal para que el evento salga bien SON los coches" , I agree.

    Again: thanks for your prompt and kind reply!
     

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