Harry Ong
Make or makes?

Could anybody please enlighten me which one is correct? And why? Cheers!

1. Gnocchi with Emborg Organic Garden Peas and Organic Spinach make an incredible meal! 2. Gnocchi with Emborg Organic Garden Peas and Organic Spinach makes an incredible meal!

Mar 29, 2017 11:54 PM
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It depends. I think that either is acceptable.

If you are thinking of those three things as separate items, you'd use 'make'.

If 'Gnocchi with Emborg Organic Peas and Organic Spinach' is the name of a dish, you'd use 'makes'. The fact that the words are all capitalised makes it look like this is the name of a ready-made product, or an item on a menu, in which case the singular would be better.

March 30, 2017

I am not familiar with Gnocchi - so I googled it.  

I will substitute "dumplings" as the subject, because google says Gnocchi = dumplings!

                     (Fabio is right.  Only the subject is relevant to the correct usage of "make" or "makes". )


"Dumplings make an incredible meal" would be the only correct statement.   Dumplings is plural, so only "make" will do.  :)

March 30, 2017
"Gnocchi" is the subject; the other ingredients are irrelevant. As it happens, however, "gnocchi" is a plural word in Italian (singular "gnocco"), but in English it can be used with either a singular or plural verb, so either usage is acceptable.
March 30, 2017
If you asked me, I would say that the first one is the correct because the ingredients are many ( plural ) and we do not add 'S' to the verb after plural.
March 30, 2017

I'd go with "make" to respect the fact that gnocchi is a plural noun in Italian. I wouldn't capitalize quite as enthusiastically as you do, however. Emborg sounds like a brand name, so it should be capitalized; the rest can be lower case. Regardless, delicious - enjoy!

Gnocchi with Emborg organic garden peas and organic spinach make an incredible meal! 

March 29, 2017
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