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Should I use singular or plural after a question starting with Which among the following?

For example, should it be version #1 or version #2 below?

  1. Which among the following statements are ...?

  2. Which among the following statement is ...?

Where the reader is supposed to make a selection from a set of several possible statements listed below that question.

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  • Are they allowed to choose more than one true statement? – Cascabel Dec 17 '20 at 15:23
  • @Cascabel No, just one – Wanderer Dec 17 '20 at 15:24
  • Which among the following is the [one and only] correct answer? OR Which among the following are the [by implication, multiple] incorrect answers? – FumbleFingers Dec 17 '20 at 15:24
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    You may be confusing the question with the answer. You already know you are offering statements. Even if you allow for choosing several true statements from the statements you offer, your choices are plural. Also, it may help you to see that which represents which one or which ones out of the statements. – Yosef Baskin Dec 17 '20 at 15:31
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    @tchrist: Agreed, among isn't very idiomatic compared to of in this context. That's not relevant to the thing being asked about here (is it a singular or plural noun in one of/among [several] X / Xs). But it is something the OP could usefully take on board - and it's things like that which I think sit more naturally on ELL than ELU, so the question is well migrated, imho. – FumbleFingers Dec 17 '20 at 17:02
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If you are allowed to give one correct answer then the word 'which' is referring to the correct answer among all the statements, and so the subject of the sentence is singular, so it will get a singular verb, so ' is ' is correct,

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