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    #1

    plural or singular

    Which is correct?

    45 pages is a lot to read.

    45 pages are a lot to read.

    Logic suggests that the second sentence is the correct one, but for some reason the first sentence sounds better to me.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: plural or singular

    Hi Jasmin,
    Go with your ear.

    When we talk about a bunch of things considered as a unit, we use the singular.

    Three miles isn't too far to walk.
    Three hours is too long to wait.
    Forty-five pages is a lot to read in one night.
    etc.

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