RE: job-hunt weirdness

Subject: RE: job-hunt weirdness
From: Andrew Warren <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>
To: "'Pinkham, Jim'" <Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com>, Michael West <WestM -at- ap -dot- aurecongroup -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 13:42:30 -0700

Pinkham, Jim wrote:

> > > Twenty-something years in the business have taught me this.
> >
> > You mean "HAS taught me", right?
> The years have taught me to agree with Michael on this one.



The plural would be appropriate if Michael had written "Twenty-something people in the business have taught me", but in the context of his sentence, "twenty-something years" is SINGULAR. It's meant as one lumped period of time; it describes "how much", not "how many".

It's like "Ten dollars is too much for a cup of coffee". You wouldn't write "Ten dollars are too many for a cup of coffee", would you?


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=== Synaptics, Inc - Santa Clara, CA

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