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A - Top priority are the ones you already know.

B - Top priority is the ones you already know.

C - Top priorities are the ones you already know.

Is A correct or B?

I'm inclined towards A.

I think C is correct.

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    It really depends on whether "the ones you already know" represents a coherent group sharing "top priority" status. It's fine to say something like Our top priority right now is the victims. We''ll worry about stranded tourists later. Commented Aug 18, 2017 at 13:58
  • The ones you already know are a top priority. A top priority are the ones you already know.
    – Lambie
    Commented Oct 28, 2021 at 20:11
  • The existential threats have top priority. (Instead of debating which is less awkward.)
    – TimR
    Commented Jul 7 at 14:41

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A and B are both incorrect because they mix tenses.

Top priority (singular) are the ones (plural) you already know.

Top priority is (singular) the ones (plural) you already know.

C is almost correct, but you are missing the word "the":

The top priorities are the ones you already know.

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A & B are both incorrect. C is correct. A/B describe a single priority, therefore:

Top priority is the one you already know.

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A is correct if "the ones you already know" means a group of things that are not the priorities.

A is incorrect if "the ones you already know" means the priorities, because Priority would need to be plural.

B is incorrect because 'is' should be paired with a singular priority.

C is correct but it could mean two things just like A.

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