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    indefinite article

    "During the 20th century, an estimated 70 million people died from famines across the world, of whom an estimated 30 million died during the famine of 195861 in China. "(source: Famine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

    Why is "an", the indefinite article, used in the sentence? It refers to a lural noun, doesn't it?


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    Re: indefinite article

    It refers to 70 milion/30 milion which is in singular.

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    Wink Re: indefinite article

    We can substitue 70/30 millions with "this number". So it's singular.
    In the same way we say
    *10 miles is (not are) a long way. Because we can replace 10 moles by this distance.
    I hope this makes sense for you.


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    Re: indefinite article

    Because we can replace 10 moles by this distance.
    Moles?

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    Re: indefinite article

    Thank you very much :)

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