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I was watching some video on youtube and a person in it said:

Pig kidneys make the best breakfast (s) ever.

Now, I what I couldn't help thinking about whether how he used the verb make where he did was grammatically correct. Is it? And one more thing I want to know is whether to use breakfast here, or breakfasts.

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    Could you post the link to the video as well? Jan 12, 2017 at 22:19
  • James Joyce might agree - “Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls" However, Bloom preferred mutton kidneys.
    – James K
    Jan 12, 2017 at 22:23
  • I can't actually, @CookieMonster. A friend had me watch it on his ipad. Jan 12, 2017 at 22:25
  • @CookieMonster Pig kidneys make the best breakfast ever. Does the above sentence seem grammatically correct to you? Jan 12, 2017 at 22:26
  • @lekonchekon I'm not sure I would trust anyone who likes pig kidneys for breakfast, or really any time. But the grammar is fine, and either breakfast or breakfasts is fine.
    – Andrew
    Jan 13, 2017 at 0:25

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Compare:

German Shepherds make the best police attack dogs. Bloodhounds make the best trackers. Golden Retrievers make good pets.

There, "make" means "to be suited to a particular role".

Pig kidneys are well suited to breakfast. They do well in that particular role in the cuisine.

The plural there (breakfasts) would suggest that the contents of the breakfast might vary, or the preparation. But it could also be the plural as a form of generalization, as in the canine examples (attack dogs, trackers, pets).

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Yes, it is grammatically correct. Make is a verb, "Pig kidneys" is a noun phrase, acting as the subject. "the best breakfast ever" is the object.

The sense is clear and idiomatic. Sense 4 of https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/make#Verb gives the meaning "constitute" with the example "They make a cute couple."

Breakfast is preferred over "breakfasts"

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    "Breakfast is preferred over 'breakfasts'" - can you provide some reasoning for this statement? Jan 13, 2017 at 1:02
  • 'Pig kidneys' is the subject, so wouldn't that make this incorrect? Kidneys cannot 'do' anything. I would say "Pig kidneys make for the best breakfast (s) ever." instead. This doesn't insinuate an action.
    – paddotk
    Jan 13, 2017 at 10:50
  • @poepje See the other answer. "Make" doesn't mean to do anything here, it means to be suited to.
    – Mr Lister
    Jan 13, 2017 at 11:39

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