- One and a half hours are allowed for the exam.
- An hour and a half is allowed for the exam.
The above two examples have been taken out from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
My question is that why those two sentences read differently when it comes to verb being singular or plural. Please explain. I can't really understand the double standard in the examples. The same verb with the same idea but in two different forms. Why?
Not a teacher.
Your first sentence is justified by.
Second sentence is justified by the following rule.
Quantities or measurements of time, money, distance, weight usually take singular verbs.
Last edited by aachu; 14-Jul-2011 at 00:45.