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    singular or plural

    I have just come across these two sentences. "Twelve minutes is not much." and "360 days do not make a full year." Why is it that "Twelve minutes" is considered singular in the first sentence and "360 days" is considered plural in the second. Someone please explain to me.

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    Re: singular or plural

    The second example should be straightforward since 360 days (put together) are not enough to make a year.
    For the first, consider this example: "Twelve minutes is not much time to make it to the airport."
    It is talking about a single block/period of time, not about a set of individual minutes.

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