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    I'm a little bit puzzled by 5jj's response in this thread. Because I know that I shouldn't ask unrelated questions in the same thread, I decided to open a new one. I'm assuming that 5jj's sentence is correct.

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    But would you have missed that splendid ten minutes?
    Since "minutes" is plural, why isn't it "those" instead of "that"?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: that splendid ten minutes

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    I'm a little bit puzzled by 5jj's response in this thread. Because I know that I shouldn't ask unrelated questions in the same thread, I decided to open a new one. I'm assuming that 5jj's sentence is correct.



    Since "minutes" is plural, why isn't it "those" instead of "that"?

    Thank you.
    "Those" could have been used but I think 5jj regarded it as "a period of ten minutes", where "a period" is singular. The use of "that" didn't jump off the screen at me.
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    Default Re: that splendid ten minutes

    Ten minutes is not a long time.

    Once again, I am thinking of 'ten minutes' as a period of time.

    I'm assuming that 5jj's sentence is correct.
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    Default Re: that splendid ten minutes

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The use of "that" didn't jump off the screen at me.
    It didn't read strangely to me.

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    Default Re: that splendid ten minutes

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Ten minutes is not a long time.

    Once again, I am thinking of 'ten minutes' as a period of time.
    This way of using "that" seems new to me. Are there other contexts in which both "that" and "those" can be used? For example, are the following sentences correct?

    1) But would you have missed that 40 pounds? (Here I'm regarding "40 pounds" as "money".)
    2) But would you have missed that 20 litres of water? (Here I'm regarding "20 litres of water" as "amount of water".)

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    Default Re: that splendid ten minutes

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    1) But would you have missed that 40 pounds? (Here I'm regarding "40 pounds" as "money".)
    2) But would you have missed that 20 litres of water? (Here I'm regarding "20 litres of water" as "amount of water".)
    Both of those are fine.
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