"My breakfast is milk, bread and sausages." - Is this correct even though the second part is plural?

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My breakfast is milk,bread and sausages.

"My breakfast" is a singular noun, but "milk,bread, and sausages" are plural noun phrase.

Is this sentence right?

user48070

Posted 2014-04-18T08:43:33.640

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What about this: "my breakfast is composed of milk, bread, and suchlike." – Hakan – 2014-04-18T08:46:16.870

@Hakan I think your sentence mentioned above is correct.But I want to know whether the native speaker express it in this way. – user48070 – 2014-04-18T08:48:18.813

yep, I understand, I also wait the true about it :) – Hakan – 2014-04-18T09:03:19.477

Well actually a native would either say "My breakfast consists of milk, bread and sausages." or "I (usually) have milk, bread and sausages for breakfast. Grammatically though, your sentence is correct, but I doubt a native would use it. – Vic – 2014-04-18T11:10:39.440

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Yes, it is.

Here's why:

  • "is" is a form of "be"

    From Oxford Dictionary

    third person singular present of be.

  • "be" can mean "composed of"

    From Oxford Dictionary; sense 3.5

    Consist of; constitute:

  • Therefore we can say that:

    My breakfast is milk, bread, and sausages.

    Simply means:

    My breakfast consists of milk, bread, and sausages.

Helix Quar

Posted 2014-04-18T08:43:33.640

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helix, your way of explaining things is tangy ;) +1 – Maulik V – 2014-04-19T07:29:59.117

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In cases like this, simply think for yourself: which word(s) is/are the subject of the sentence?

The verb is conjugated according to the subject. In this case, my breakfast is the subject, so the sentence is indeed correct. In fact, all of the following are correct.

My breakfast is milk, bread and sausages.

My breakfasts are milk, bread and sausages.

Even the following is correct, with Milk, bread and sausages being the subject. However, this sentence sounds strange, so you will not hear it very often:

Milk, bread and sausages are my breakfast.

Lee White

Posted 2014-04-18T08:43:33.640

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