My book says, If the verb sein is followed by a noun in the plural, the verb has a plural ending even if the subject is singular.

ex. Es sind Störche.

My question is, What if the subject is in a plural form and predicate nominative is in a singular form, then in which form (singular or plural) will the verb be? I am asking this question out of my curiosity though I am not sure if such sentence form exist or not.


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If the subject is plural and the predicate is singular then sein is in the plural

Diese Sachen sind Abfall
Fünf Tore sind ein gutes Ergebnis
Batman und Robin sind das dynamische Duo

You find this often if the predicate is a collective noun

  • Sätze enden mit einem Punkt.
    – Janka
    Commented Mar 1, 2019 at 22:23

PiedPiper's answer is right, but your book is a bit short on explanations, it seems. Sein isn't a special case, all copula verbs follow that rule. For example:

Diese Sachen bleiben Abfall.

12 Stück heißen ein Dutzend.

Fünf Tore bleiben ein gutes Ergebnis.

Die Bayern gelten als Ausnahmemannschaft.

Aber die Dortmunder werden Meister.

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