Please let me know which sentence is correct and why:

My favorite thing to smell are flowers. 

Or

My favorite things to smell are flowers. 

Thank you 

 

 

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@Caseymi posted:

My favorite thing to smell is flowers.

Or 

My favorite things to smell are flowers.

Hello, Caseymi, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange.

My favorite thing to smell is flowers is similar to What I like/love to smell the most is flowers or My favorite smell is the smell of flowers.

The sentence above focuses on the smell of flowers in general.

If you use the plural, I get the impression that you are thinking of individual flowers as different objects arousing your desire to smell them.

Thank you for the answer. Could you also help me with this as well. Which is correct and why?

A) My favorite thing to see is butterflies in the garden.

B) My favorite thing to see are butterflies in the garden. 

C)  My favorite things to see are butterflies in the garden.

Thanks again. I am grateful 

There should be subject-verb agreement, so (B) is wrong. I'd say that the same distinction I made above regarding smells applies to (A) and (C): while (A) refers to the sight of butterflies in general, (C) presents individual butterflies as different objects to enjoy looking at.

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