Should I say "these are what I do" or "this is what I do"? Specifically, in the context of a self-description, for example: "Cooking, hiking and painting - these are what I do", vs. "... - this is what I do".

Is one of the options better than the other (more grammatical / more common / sounds better)?

  • What do you think could be ungrammatical about it? Can you add more details? Compare: "... these are all what I do" – Kris Jan 10 '17 at 10:11
  • What @Kris said, asking "Is it grammatical?" or "Is it good English?" is off-topic unless a specific concern is identified. ELU doesn't provide a proof-reading service and please visit Help Center and read the guidelines. – Rathony Jan 10 '17 at 11:03

Cooking, hiking and painting - this is what I do

Saying "this is what I do" is idiomatic for describing how you spend your free time or describing your hobbies. Can be used to describe your job or habits as well.

Cooking, hiking and painting - these are what I do

This implies that literally the only things you do are cooking, hiking, and painting.

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