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    I am a little bit confused at "half", the singular or the plural.
    Would you help me understand whether or not the following
    sentence is true?
    1. One and a half years have passed since we last saw. (true or false?)
    2. One year and a half has passed since we last saw.
    (true or false?)
    3. Two years and a half has passed since we last saw.
    (true or false?)
    4. Two and a half years have passed since we last saw. (true or false?)
    Thank you.

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    1. have 2. either sounds OK to me, but have sounds better 3. have 4. have

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    The only one I disagree with is number 3, which I think should be "Two years and a half have passed ...."

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    Ronbee
    Thank youn for your reply, so can I understand the followings?
    1. OK
    2. OK (the singular :has , but "have" sounds better)
    3. False ( it should be "have")
    4. OK
    Tks

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    Yes, you can.

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    I agree with Tdol, but "One year and a half has passed...." sounds perfectly fine to me. (BTW, every one of those sentences needs an object.)

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    tdol
    It's been a while, how are you?
    Thank you for your reply!

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    I'm fine, and you? There are differences between Ae and BrE with singular/plural issues and I think the tendency in BrE is to make 11/2 plural.

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    tdol
    I'm fine, too. Thank you.
    But I'm sorry I can't understand the phrase for "Ae" , "BrE" and "make 11/2 plural". Would you please explain that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YOSHITAKEHORI View Post
    tdol
    I'm fine, too. Thank you.
    But I'm sorry I can't understand the phrase for "Ae" , "BrE" and "make 11/2 plural". Would you please explain that?
    Ae - American English
    BrE - British English
    11/2 - 1

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