I had read a sentence in a magazine:

Staying connected is what makes the high cost of convenience—an average of $3,300 a year for the Moore's plan—seem well worth it to them.

Should "seem" be replace by "seems"? Since "Staying connected" is a single noun.

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Seem is not a finite verb, inflected for number, person and tense, but a non-finite form: the unmarked infinitive which is required in clauses complementing causative MAKE.

We say

The Devil made me doINFINITIVE it.


A good teacher knows how to make her students beINFINITIVE attentive.

Likewise, your author says (I've edited some to simplify and make the structure clearer, but it doesn't affect the point at issue):

Staying connected makes the cost seemINFINITIVE worth it.


If you cut out the extra information, the sentence reads a lot more clearly.

Staying connected is what makes the cost seem well worth it to them.

Breaking it down a bit further into components:

X is the thing that makes Y true for Z.

In this case "X" is "staying connected", Y is "the cost seeming to be worth it", and Z is "them" (whoever that happens to be in the magazine article). So as you can see, staying connected and seem aren't a subject/verb pair. It's almost a cause and effect statement; you're basically saying "because X exists, Y happens (in relation to Z)."

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