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Subject and Predicate Noun Differ in Number.  

Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (11 ed.)

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2020
Published Online: 
Feb 2020
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A predicate noun is the complement of a subject; it identifies, describes, or renames the subject. When the subject and predicate noun differ in number, follow the number of the subject in selecting the singular or plural verb form. Avoid this by rephrasing: Study results were most affected by interhospital variations in severity of illness....