I saw a poster/plaque with this writing:

Wine is the answer. What was the questions?

Is it grammatically right?

My doubt is about the use of was: indeed, if someone asked me to translate in English a such sentence, I would have used the plural form were because we are talking about questions, that is plural!

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    Wine could be the answer to any number of questions. Enough wine answers why we might forget the beginning of a sentence by the time we reach -- um, where were we going? Commented Dec 4, 2018 at 0:47

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If the designer of the poster intentionally wanted to use the plural questions, then were would indeed be grammatically correct, and we would be left with the following jarring phrase:

Wine is the answer. What were the questions?

However, given the obvious attempt at humour, I would assert that using the plural is in fact a typo, and that the phrase should read:

Wine is the answer. What was the question?

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    But given the attempted humor, the disagreement in number might also be intentional: the person is too drunk to get even the basics correct.
    – TimR
    Commented Dec 4, 2018 at 12:02
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo An interesting interpretation!
    – Lee Mac
    Commented Dec 4, 2018 at 13:05

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