Does this thesis sentence sound grammatically correct? Thesis is: Willy's relationship with each of his family members is a struggle. The assignment is: Analyze Willy's relationship with the...

Does this thesis sentence sound grammatically correct?

Thesis is: Willy's relationship with each of his family members is a struggle.

The assignment is: Analyze Willy's relationship with the Lomans. 

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The thesis statement is grammatically correct because the subject and the verb agree.

Your sentence is indeed tricky, because it is an issue of subject-verb agreement.  The first key to making sure you have a grammatically correct sentence is to isolate the subject (the noun the sentence is about) and the verb (what the subject is doing).  I have done so in bold here.

Willy's relationship with each of his family members is a struggle.

The subject is relationship.  The sentence is about relationship, and “Willy’s” is an adjective (actually a possessive noun acting as an adjective) describing relationship. Since relationship is a singular noun, it needs a singular verb.

Your verb is the word is.  The word is happens to be a linking verb.  It is a singular verb, and since relationship is a singular noun you have subject-verb agreement. 

By the way, it can be hard to figure out the subject of a sentence that has a prepositional phrase.  Your preposition phrase is “with each of his family members.”  If you take that out, you have:

Willy's relationship with each of his family members is a struggle.

So when in doubt take the prepositional phrase out.  That sometimes makes it easier to determine if the subject and verb agree.

Your thesis is also a little vague.  You should add more specifics explaining how it is a struggle or why.

 

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