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    #1

    have or has?

    Ten minutes have passed. Let's wait five more.

    or

    Ten minutes has passed. Let's wait five more.

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    #2

    Re: have or has?

    Either one.

    When you think of a "chunk" of time, you can use the singular: Ten years is a long time. Fifteen minutes is long enough to wait.

    (It's the same with distance or money: Two miles is too far to walk. A hundred pounds is not too high a price.)

    In this case, though, it almost feels as though you are counting the minutes, so that the ten minutes are ten separate minutes, not a chunk of time.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: have or has?

    thank you for your clear reply.

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