It's the little things that show (or shows)?

English translation: show

19:55 Dec 13, 2019
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English term or phrase: It's the little things that show (or shows)?
Dear colleagues,

In your opinion, is one of the following two sentences grammatically incorrect?

A) It’s the little things from XXX that show the love.

B) It’s the little things like this offer form XXX that shows the love.

In Example A, we have the plural form of the verb “show,” because of the plural “little things.”
In Example B, the rationale that was used to use the singular form of the verb is that the addition of “like this offer” makes the subject single.

I disagree, and believe that the subject is the singular “it” in both cases, so in Example A, the verb should have been written as “shows.” However, I feel rather uneasy about it, and my level of confidence is low.

What say you?
George Rabel
Local time: 19:59
Selected answer:show
Explanation:
Show for both. Little things is the subject in both sentences and "like this" has no effect on the main subject-verb structure.
Selected response from:

Ali Sharifi
United States
Local time: 19:59
Grading comment
Not a single disagreement or a different option. Thank you very much, Ali.
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it's the little things that show (or shows)?
show


Explanation:
Show for both. Little things is the subject in both sentences and "like this" has no effect on the main subject-verb structure.

Ali Sharifi
United States
Local time: 19:59
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in Farsi (Persian)Farsi (Persian)
Grading comment
Not a single disagreement or a different option. Thank you very much, Ali.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  philgoddard: "It" is an abstraction, as in "it is raining", not a singular object.
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agree  Tina Vonhof
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agree  Francisco Chagas: Agreed on both counts. It is wise to always keep track of one's intended subject.
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agree  Stephen McCann
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agree  Yvonne Gallagher: "like this offer from xxx", is a subclause and not the subject of verb which is "little things" in both sentences, as you say. Nothing to do with "it" either.
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agree  Tony M
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agree  Charlotte Fleming
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agree  David Hollywood
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agree  Lara Tagliapietra
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agree  Dayana Hashim
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agree  AllegroTrans
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agree  Ilias Marios Kounas
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