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    Grammar - verb

    Hi,

    Can I use "is" for the following sentence?

    Roughly 8-man hours is required for cleaning.

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    No, use "are." Hours are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chanbr View Post
    Hi,

    Can I use "is" for the following sentence?

    Roughly 8-man hours is required for cleaning.
    Hours would be followed by the plural "are". Also, your hyphen is in the wrong place. They are not "8-man hours", they are "eight man-hours". I'm not sure if everyone still uses "man-hours". In these politically correct times, I have heard "person-hours" used to denote that a job is not specific to one gender.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Hours would be followed by the plural "are". Also, your hyphen is in the wrong place. They are not "8-man hours", they are "eight man-hours". I'm not sure if everyone still uses "man-hours". In these politically correct times, I have heard "person-hours" used to denote that a job is not specific to one gender.
    We still have "manhours" in my experience. Though "man machine interfaces" are now "human machine interfaces."

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    Thank you very much. Learned something today.

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    Re: Grammar - verb

    I say "labor hours" in my business writing.

    However, I'm okay with the singular verb.

    Eight hours is a quanitity, the same way "One hundred dollars is not too much to pay" is a quantity or "three miles is a little far to walk" or "three hours is a little too far for a day trip."

    I'd accept either one.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'm okay with the singular verb.

    Eight hours is a quanitity, the same way "One hundred dollars is not too much to pay" is a quantity or "three miles is a little far to walk" or "three hours is a little too far for a day trip."
    I agree. For me, 'are' is fine.

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