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is best/are best

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:48 am
by navi
Which are correct:

1) We could use up to eight colors, but I think four is enough. I think four colors is best. I don't care which ones are used.

2) We could use up to eight colors, but I think four is enough. I think four colors is the best. I don't care which ones are used.

3) We could use up to eight colors, but I think four is enough. I think four colors are best. I don't care which ones are used.
4) We could use up to eight colors, but I think four is enough. I think four colors are the best. I don't care which ones are used.

Gratefully,
Navi

Re: is best/are best

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:32 pm
by gdwdwrkr
You are talking about "use", not colors.
Think "We could use up to eight colors, but I think four is enough. I think [that the use of] four colors is best."
This is my opinion, proximity be damned.

Re: is best/are best

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:51 pm
by trolley
I agree with Jim. That's it in a nutshell. You have two choices. One choice is to use 8 colours, the other choice is to use 4 colours. You think that the 4 colour option is best. When you say "4 colours are (the) best", I would expect you are about to tell me which 4 particular colours those are.