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Is it correct to have a singular complement (if the complement is a noun) when the subject is plural?

For example: These are a cheap source of entertainment.

Similarly, is it correct to have a plural complement (if the complement is a noun) when the subject is singular?

For example: The biggest problem is the stray dogs.

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  • Yes, it's possible in both cases.
    – user120390
    Aug 28 '20 at 5:24
  • @Userabc Thanks. Can you please give details of the relevant rules?
    – user343802
    Aug 28 '20 at 5:53
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    Your examples are fine. There is often no agreement of number with "be". Compare this ex with specifying "be": "All we need now is some new curtains". But not where there is semantic incompatibilty between the terms: we can't say *"the person who complained was my parents". Mismatches with plural subj and sing comp are also possible with ascriptive "be", e.g. "Our neighbours are a nuisance"
    – BillJ
    Aug 28 '20 at 6:06
  • @BillJ Thanks. Got the point.
    – user343802
    Aug 28 '20 at 8:08

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