Results 1 to 4 of 4
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2010
    • Posts: 241
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    the minutes were/was

    Thank you for the minutes of the meeting. They were very informative.

    I wonder if I can use "It was" instead of "They were" here.
    I know "minutes" is the plural form of "minute" and I should use "they were", but I just thought if it can be considered collectively.

    Thank you.

  1. Nehushtan's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Europe

    • Join Date: Mar 2013
    • Posts: 66
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: the minutes were/was

    I’d be grammatically consistent and use “they were”.
    Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2010
    • Posts: 241
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: the minutes were/was

    So, is it absolutely wrong to use "It was"?
    If I used "It was", would the readers think I'm a non-native speaker of English?

  2. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: the minutes were/was

    Yes and yes.

Similar Threads

  1. The following are the minutes
    By keannu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 17-Apr-2012, 20:39
  2. what a few minutes
    By kwfine in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 30-Sep-2010, 02:55
  3. more minutes or minutes more?
    By loveydovey in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Jul-2009, 05:59
  4. Minutes
    By Nellai in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-Mar-2009, 07:49
  5. Minutes
    By jack in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-Mar-2005, 08:33

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •