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    #1

    Two pounds of beef ___ enough.

    1. Kate: How much meat do we need?
    Sandy: Two pounds of beef ___ enough.
    (A) is (B) are
    2. Kate: How much meat do we need?
    Sandy: Two bowls of beef ___ enough.
    (A) is (B) are
    I think the answer to #1 is option A, and that the answer to # 2 is B. Am I right?
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    #2

    Re: Two pounds of beef ___ enough.

    Some people say is, some say are. Either one can be correct.
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    #3

    Re: Two pounds of beef ___ enough.

    I prefer 'are' for #2.

    'Two pounds of beef' is a precise amount; 'two bowls of beef' contain an indefinite quantity of meat – maybe with different, unspecified amounts in each.

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    #4

    Re: Two pounds of beef ___ enough.

    I don't understand what's meant by a 'bowl of beef'.

    If it's meant literally, it doesn't seem natural as a unit of measurement.

    There are so many different sizes of bowls that unless the bowls in question were already on the counter in view of the speakers, context doesn't even narrow it down.

    Even then are we talking leveled bowls (as you do when measuring dry ingredients), a heaping bowl, what?
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    #5

    Re: Two pounds of beef ___ enough.

    I don't think Rover was using a "bowl of beef" as a measurement. It might be a dish on a menu. Admittedly, it's unlikely that the bowl would contain only beef but if you add, say, "stew" to it, the concept is clear.

    How many bowls of beef stew do you need?
    Two bowls of beef stew are enough. There are only two customers at the moment.

    How much beef do you need?
    Two pounds of beef is enough. I don't have to make many meals tonight.
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    Re: Two pounds of beef ___ enough.

    My comments were actually addressed towards the OP, not Rover's response.

    In retrospect, I guess I should have quoted to clarify that.
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    #7

    Re: Two pounds of beef ___ enough.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    My comments were actually addressed towards the OP, not Rover's response.

    In retrospect, I guess I should have quoted to clarify that.
    My mistake. I managed to completely overlook the "bowls of beef" example in post #1!
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