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    Days

    If these are not correct, why? What do they mean?

    1. Seven days makes a week. (If this is correct, why? 'Seven days' as one whole thing?)
    2. Seven days make a week. (What does this one mean compared to #1?)

    What about these ones:
    3. These seven days make a week.
    4. These seven days makes a week.
    5. This seven days makes a week.
    6. This seven days make a week.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Days


    1. Seven days [it (a week)] makes a week. (it; singular) See 4. and 5.
    2. Seven days [together they] make a week. (they; plural) See 3. and 6.


    5. and 6. are awkward.


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    Re: Days

    Cass! I think #2 is unnatural. How would you explain this one?

    1- Ten minutes is short.
    2- Ten minutes are short.

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    Re: Days

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Cass! I think [Jack's 2.] is unnatural. How would you explain this one?

    1- Ten minutes is short.
    2- Ten minutes are short.
    The first one is singular, and the second one is plural. Or have I misunderstood your question.


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    Re: Days

    Would you use the plural form?

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    Re: Days

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Would you use the plural form?
    Yup.

    Seven days make a week, and sixty minutes make an hour.


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    Re: Days

    Would you think ten minutes a whole concept? So it doesn't make sense if I say ten minutes "are" short.

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