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    Indefinite Pronouns - [Another]

    Hi Teachers,

    I know that the word "another" is a singular indefinite pronoun and it should take on a singular verb.

    However, I am confused over the following sentence.

    1) Another three weeks (has, have) passed.

    Please kindly advise. Thank you.


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    Re: Indefinite Pronouns - [Another]

    Quote Originally Posted by Eriko View Post
    Hi Teachers,

    I know that the word "another" is a singular indefinite pronoun and it should take on a singular verb.

    However, I am confused over the following sentence.

    1) Another three weeks (has, have) passed.

    Please kindly advise. Thank you.
    Howdy, Eriko.

    If that's so, that 'another' is a singular indefinite pronoun, [and at first blush, it seems sensible to me] it appears that native speakers haven't been told.

    Googled, exact phrase searches reveal

    Results 1 - 10 of about 1,730,000 English pages for "another couple of".

    Results 1 - 10 of about 1,230,000 English pages for "another few".

    Results 1 - 10 of about 1,970,000 English pages for "another three weeks".

    Results 1 - 10 of about 563,000 English pages for "another two weeks".

    Results 1 - 10 of about 1,180,000 English pages for "another two people".

    Results 1 - 10 of about 225,000 English pages for "another five people".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eriko View Post
    Hi Teachers,

    I know that the word "another" is a singular indefinite pronoun and it should take on a singular verb.

    However, I am confused over the following sentence.

    1) Another three weeks (has, have) passed.

    Please kindly advise. Thank you.
    Another appears to be singular in form, but can take either a singular or plural verb. When followed by a singular noun, another takes a singular verb; however, when followed by a plural noun, it takes a plural verb.

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    Re: Indefinite Pronouns - [Another]

    Therefore, the answer is
    Another three weeks have passed.
    and not
    Another three weeks has passed.
    Have I got it correct?

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    Yes, that's correct.

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    Re: Indefinite Pronouns - [Another]

    Thank you, teachers.

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