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    Means or Mean

    Hello,

    I am having trouble working out whether "mean" or "means" is correct in the following case.


    The communication and time management skills that I have developed during my time as an assistant mean that I am able to fulfil the responsibilities of an XYZ.

    The communication and time management skills that I have developed during my time as an assistant means that I am able to fulfil the responsibilities of an XYZ.

    I think that "mean" is correct in this situation because "skills" is plural. Am I right?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Means or Mean

    Welcome to the forum, nekminnit.

    Yes. You are absolutely correct.

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    Re: Means or Mean

    The communication and time management skills that I have developed during my time as an assistant mean that I am able to fulfil the responsibilities of an XYZ.

    The two skills I have developed mean that I am able to ...
    The two skills mean that I am able to...

    I think the sentence does not sound right. It is not the two skills that mean you are able to do something. It is the fact that you have developed/acquired the two skills in the previous job that has prepared you for the new position.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Means or Mean

    I think that's splitting hairs beyond that which a native speaker would do.
    Yes, it means, "The development of the two skills means that I am able to ..."

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