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His courage and determination are an inspiration to us all.

I know what this means, but I don't know if the words '..are an inspiration' is correct? Maybe correct and sounds natural.
The word 'courage' and 'determination' are uncountable nouns. The subject of the sentence needs a plural verb due to the verb agreement. What I don't understand is whether I can put 'an inspiration' as an object.

Thanks
LiJ
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What I don't understand is whether I can put 'an inspiration' as an object.
This is an equative sentence, so it has no object; an inspiration is a subject complement.

Yes, you can have two or more things 'equal' to one.

The use of are is technically correct, but if you said is instead of are, hardly anyone would notice.

According to some, frequent heat waves and mild winters are a sign of global warming.
Greenhouse gas emissions and the polluted air that results from them are a problem.
Intelligence and persistence are the key to success.


CJ
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His courage and determination are an inspiration to us all.

The sentence is correct; an inspiration is fine.
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Yoong LiatHis courage and determination are an inspiration to us all.

The sentence is correct; an inspiration is fine.
I think the plual sounds awkward. You could substitute 'inspirational' if you wanted to get rid of 'an'.
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Thank you all. Emotion: smile
CalifJimThis is an equative sentence, so it has no object; an inspiration is a subject complement.
Philip I think the plual sounds awkward. You could substitute 'inspirational' if you wanted to get rid of 'an'.
I understand.

LiJ
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