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