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    • Join Date: Apr 2006
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    which one is right?

    Hello again!

    (1) A year and a half (has/have) passed since he died.

    Which one is right? and why?

    (2) She always gives people nothing.

    To my English grammar book, It is said that "She naver gives people anything." is right.

    Could you plz explain this to me?



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    Re: which one is right?

    1 I'd use the plural there.
    2 It seems better to make the time negative because the idea of 'always giving nothing' conjures up a picture of her actually making the gestures of handing over nothing.


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