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    Default Ten years is vs Ten years have

    1. Ten years is a long time to wait.
    2. Ten years have passed since I last Tom..

    Sentence 1 uses singular verb to be and sentence 2 uses plural verb to be.
    Could anybody tell me why, please?
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 26-Apr-2013 at 16:53. Reason: space problem

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    Default Re: Ten years is vs Ten years have

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    1. Ten years is a long time to wait.
    2. Ten years have passed since I last Tom..

    Sentence 1 uses singular verb to be and sentence 2 uses plural verb to be.
    Could anybody tell me why, please?
    In the first sentence, it is taken to be "A period of ten years ..." so is followed by the singular.
    In the second sentence, it is taken to mean "Ten individual years ..." so is followed by the plural.

    Sentence 2 could be reworded to "Ten years was a long time to wait before seeing Tom again".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 26-Apr-2013 at 23:33.
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    Default Re: Ten years is vs Ten years have


    I think you meant in the second sentence you wrote ... is followed by the plural, didn't you?

    Thank you, ems.

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    Default Re: Ten years is vs Ten years have

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post

    I think you meant in the second sentence you wrote ... is followed by the plural, didn't you?

    Thank you, ems.
    You're right. Well spotted. Thank you. I have edited my post. Thank you.
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