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    20cm of snow were/was

    Oxford 6th edition, snow: 20cm of snow was/were expected today.

    But in Oxford 7th edtion, the sentence is: 20cm of snow were expected today.

    Do you native speakers prefer 'were' to 'was' with '...cm of snow' and '...mm of rain'?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: 20cm of snow were/was

    In the USA it is inches. We might say:
    Twenty inches of snow is expected today.

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    Twenty inches of snow was expected.


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    Re: 20cm of snow were/was

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Oxford 6th edition, snow: 20cm of snow was/were expected today.

    But in Oxford 7th edtion, the sentence is: 20cm of snow were expected today.

    Do you native speakers prefer 'were' to 'was' with '...cm of snow' and '...mm of rain'?

    Thank you in advance.
    It depends on whether you are thinking of the volume of snow or its depth in inches/centimetres.

    As to Oxford's change, that is an editorial decision.

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    Re: 20cm of snow were/was

    I think it's an American English/British English difference.
    Up to 8 inches of new snow was expected in Denver, which set a record for its snowiest Christmas with the nearly 8 inches that fell Tuesday.
    www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-172864182.html


    Near the Great Salt Lake, as much as 8 inches of snow was expected due to the lake ...
    www.sltrib.com/news/ci_10901471

    On the final day in Philly, my husband turned on the weather and the reporter mentioned that 2-3 inches of snow was expected in the Pocono Mtns.
    This trip was SNOW incredible! | A Favorite Vacation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from mike_deanne | Travel | Disney Family.com

    Eight to twelve inches. of snow was expected in that region.
    http://emd.wa.gov/statistics/documents/mr-feb-07.pdf

    Or maybe not.
    The Met Office said that blizzard conditions and several inches of snow were expected to hit higher ground overnight, with heavy winds and rain likely ...
    www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/shoppers-finally-crowd-the-stores-ahead-of-gales-rain-and-snow-694481.html

    Three to 5 inches of snow were expected overnight in Park City, with another 2 inches by Wednesday evening. And Alta, Brighton and the Wasatch Mountains ...
    www.sltrib.com/news/ci_10901471

    Up to four more centimetres of blowing snow were expected to fall in Ottawa on Wednesday before ending sometime in the morning and starting to melt as the ...
    www.thespec.com/article/457396

    Nov 27, 2006 ... North of Seattle in Snohomish County, where as much as 10 inches of snow were expected, 21000 customers were without power Monday afternoon, ...
    www.komonews.com/news/4758226.html


    Results 11 - 20 of about 21,600 for "snow was expected".
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    Results 1 - 10 of about 550 for "snow were expected".
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    Maybe the emphasis is more on "inches" (or "centemeters") when "were" is used.




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