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    My friend asks: What's the parking policy here like? Is saying: The first 45 minut

    My friend asks: What's the parking policy here like? Is saying:

    The first 45 minutes is free.

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    The first 45 minutes are free.

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    Re: My friend asks: What's the parking policy here like? Is saying: The first 45 m

    The "like" is purely optional, and many would say unnecessary. As to "is" and "are", there is nothing to choose between them. They are equivalent.

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    Re: My friend asks: What's the parking policy here like? Is saying: The first 45 m

    but 45 minutes is plural isn't it?

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    Re: My friend asks: What's the parking policy here like? Is saying: The first 45 m

    "45 minutes" is plural per se, but you are referring to one time period of 45 minutes, which is singular.

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    Re: My friend asks: What's the parking policy here like? Is saying: The first 45 m

    I would use "is" in that context. As Raymott said, it refers to "the first 45-minute period of parking".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My friend asks: What's the parking policy here like? Is saying: The first 45 m

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would use "is" in that context. As Raymott said, it refers to "the first 45-minute period of parking".
    When does use "is" and "are",it depends on the context?

    Am I wrong?

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    Re: My friend asks: What's the parking policy here like? Is saying: The first 45 m

    A lot of English usage depends on context. There are also differences between the variants of English.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 28-Mar-2015 at 15:26. Reason: Fixing typo
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My friend asks: What's the parking policy here like? Is saying: The first 45 m

    If you put "like" in front of "here", it would be acceptable in informal speech.

    What's the parking policy like here?
    The first 45 minutes is free.

    The first 45 minutes is an aggregate amount of time.



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    Re: My friend asks: What's the parking policy here like? Is saying: The first 45 m

    If someone asked me "What's the parking policy here like?", I would say "It's terrible" or "It's really good". I might go on to say how many minutes are free but the question "What is XXX like?" generally elicits an answer which includes an adjective.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My friend asks: What's the parking policy here like? Is saying: The first 45 m

    Yes, and it's not a parking policy; it's the parking regulations or rules.
    I decided to ignore all these peripheral issues, but since we're discussing them ...
    The policy is something like "We should let short term users park for free to pick up their shopping. But longer term users who are parking here and going elsewhere should have to pay."

    policy
    a course or principle of action adopted or proposed by an organization or individual.
    https://www.google.com.au/?gws_rd=ss...icy+definition

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