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Hello, everybody!
I would like to ask whether it sounds correct to say "it is boys who often take offense"
I mean with the view of emphasizing the word "boys"
It's all very clear with singular, but when it comes to plural, can I use the same structure or shall I paraphrase it in some other way.
I mean that incoherence between the number of the pronoun and the noun confuses me.
Is that OK?
Thank you in advance!
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meowth"it is boys who often take offense"
The sentence is fine as long as you capitalize the initial I. That can be used instead of who. The British spelling is offence.

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In the phrase "it is boys who often take offense", the pronoun it is referencing boys as a collective. A collective is often used in a singular sense and not in a plural sense; and one should know that a sampling of the collective is not always homogeneous with that of the collective. That is, expressed in the given phrase, one or more of the boys might never or seldom take offense, though the majority do take offense. Using a plural pronoun and verb, for example in "they are boys who often take offense", each individual boy is said to often take offense. Thus, the choice of using a singular or plural pronoun and verb would depend on what sense is to be expressed.