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It's the active decision to get better and

the number of hours you push yourself to improve that make the difference.

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It's from my TOEFL book.

Is it grammatically right? I think the number is subject so makes should be written.

what's wrong with me?

what do you think?
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Hi nocy,

Perhaps you're overlooking the word "and." You have a compound subject. It's determination and work that make the difference. Determination and work are important.

Now if you were to ask me why "it" is singular, I'd have to pass. (Did you catch yesterday's thread on that subject?)

Best wishes, - A.
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You mean " it is ~ that ~ " structure, which is like "it is she that wants to go to the university," right?
It's the active decision to get better and the number of hours you push yourself to improve that make the difference.

Because of 'and' a plural verb ('make') is required.
nocy You mean " it is ~ that ~ " structure, which is like "it is she that wants to go to the university," right?
Right, except it was an obvious plural - It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing this. The questioner wondered why we use the singular "it." Interesting question with some good replies. ("Impurities" thread)
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