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    Singular or plural

    I understand that, in expressions of time, money and distance, we use verbs in the singular, e.g. "200 dollars is enough to pay the bills". Would it be the same if, e.g. somebody found 200 dollars in the classroom? 200 dollars was found?

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    Re: Singular or plural

    In BrE, yes (although it's unlikely anyone will find $200 in a British classroom!)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Singular or plural

    It's the same in AmE. I once found a hundred-dollar bill. Sadly for me but happily for him, it was eventually reunited with the man who dropped it.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: Singular or plural

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    I understand that, in expressions of time, money and distance, we use verbs in the singular
    Yes, of course! This is because you're talking about a single amount of $200; not about 200 individual dollar notes or coins.

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