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idiotmike

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Dear all,


Three year of experience "enable me" or "enables me"?

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corum

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Dear all,


Three year of experience "enable me" or "enables me"?

thanks you

What do you think enables 'me'? Three years? Or experience (of three years)?
 

ianhood

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I think it depends on how you word the sentence. In "three years of experience..." the subject is "years" so the verb is plural: three years (of experience) enable me... If you have it as "The experience (of three years) then the subject is "experience" and the verb is singular: The experience of three years enables me... However, most native speakers would not bother with the distinction (if there is one) and would probably say "enables" as a matter of course.
 
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