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Hmm...I see what your reasoning is here, but none of the phrasing falls
well upon the inner ear. Were I editing this, I'd go for a rewrite:
After 20-something years in the business, I have learned....
The experience of 20-something years in the business has taught me....
From: Andrew Warren [mailto:awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2009 3:43 PM
To: Pinkham, Jim; Michael West; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: job-hunt weirdness
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?
=== Andrew Warren - awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com === Synaptics, Inc - Santa
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