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    Plural or singular verb in this sentence...?

    Hi there,

    I've just come across this sentence and was wondering why the verb is in plural. Is it 'decades' or the 'concept of scientific research' which determines the verb?


    "Luckily, decades of scientific research have helped us figure out how to brew, and drink, that perfect cup of joy."
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    Re: Plural or singular verb in this sentence...?

    Decades have.
    "A decade of scientific research has ..."

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    Re: Plural or singular verb in this sentence...?

    Sorry if I'm questioning something off-topic, but can we say, 'what we need are/is decades of research...'?

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    Re: Plural or singular verb in this sentence...?

    I'd go with 'is' there, with the justification that it's one period of research lasting a few decades.

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