RE: job-hunt weirdness

Subject: RE: job-hunt weirdness
From: Michael West <WestM -at- ap -dot- aurecongroup -dot- com>
To: Andrew Warren <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2009 09:33:29 +1000


A review of the literature will support either usage. If I had meant
"twenty-something years" as a collective noun, then a singular verb would
have been appropriate. But I didn't.

I meant that the years have taught me, so that's what I wrote.


Andrew Warren <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com> wrote on 09/07/2009 06:42:30 AM:

> 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.
> Jim:
> Reconsider.
> 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
> -Andrew
> === Andrew Warren - awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com
> === Synaptics, Inc - Santa Clara, CA

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