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A mixture of things that offer

Or,

A mixture of things that offers

It is not obvious to me which one is correct because mixture is singular but things is plural.

  • Does the mixture offer something, or do the individual things in the mixture each offer something? – Kate Bunting Jan 29 at 17:13
  • Yes. The mixture of things offer something (e.g. a mixture of programs that offer/offers). – user101837 Jan 30 at 15:37
  • If you are saying that the mixture has benefits because it includes several programs, it's (a mixture of things) that offers. If the emphasis was on each program bringing its own benefit, it would be a mixture of (things that offer). Do you see the difference? – Kate Bunting Jan 30 at 16:53
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If the subject is singular, use "offers", for example:

He offers a cleaning service.

If the subject is plural, use "offer", for example:

They offer a cleaning service.


In your example of "a mixture of things", although there are plural "things" they are being collectively described as "a mixture of things". This should be treated as a collective noun. As collective nouns are singular you should therefore use "offers".

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