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    Use of IS and ARE

    What is the correct use?
    15 minutes are enough?
    15 minutes is enough?

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    Re: Use of IS and ARE

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    What is the correct use?

    15 minutes is enough?
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    Re: Use of IS and ARE

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    Isn't there any difference between singular and plural?

    For instance, the correct use of the two sentences below?
    1 minute are enough?
    1 minute is enough?

    Could you give me an explanation please?

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    Re: Use of IS and ARE

    When you refer to a "chunk" of time, distance, weight, etc., you can use the plural.

    Two miles isn't too far to walk.
    Fifteen minutes is too long to wait.
    Ten pounds is a good target for your weight loss.

    It would be incorrect to say "one minute are."

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    #5

    Re: Use of IS and ARE

    It doesn't matter whether it is 1 minute or 10 minutes. It's the duration or span of time and that is singular.
    It doesn't matter whether it is 1 kg or 10 kg. You are talking about the weight.
    For example you don't say: '50 kgs are my weight.'

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    Re: Use of IS and ARE

    When we refer to an AMOUNT of money, time, weight, distance, or speed, we use of singular verb:
    A thousand dollars is a lot of money.
    Two hours is plenty of time to get to the airport.
    Two kilos of grapes is enough for 4 people.
    A million miles is just too far to walk even for one of your smiles.
    40 m.p.h. is over the speed limit.

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