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    Grammar question

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by huyvu90, Nov 28, 2015.

    Is the sentence below grammatically correct?

    "Everything happens for a reason. But sometimes the reason is that you are smart and nice"

    Shouldn't "reason" be "reasons" since there 2 reasons given?
     
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    I see the phrase "smart and nice" as one entity, so the singular form is fine.
     
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    It's fine. The number of the subject matches the number of the verb. The structure is 'the reason [singular subject] is [singular verb] that you are [list of attributes].' The number of the verb doesn't have to match the object, just the subject.
     
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    Well, it's a two-fold reason. It's fine then.
    Two reasons would go something like this: "...for two reasons: You're smart and nice and you were lucky."
    Reason no.1 is that you're smart and nice and reason no.2 is that you were lucky.
     

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