RE: job-hunt weirdness

Subject: RE: job-hunt weirdness
From: Michael West <WestM -at- ap -dot- aurecongroup -dot- com>
To: Michael West <WestM -at- ap -dot- aurecongroup -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2009 09:48:15 +1000

> > 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

No, I wouldn't, and the reason I wouldn't is that "ten dollars" is a sum,
an amount, a notional value. It might consist of ten one-dollar notes or
coins, or twenty fifty-cent pieces, or ... whatever. We need not, in fact,
know what it consists of materially because it doesn't matter. "Ten
dollars" denotes an abstract value, not a collection of objects.

"Twenty years have taught me" is perfectly correct. "Twenty years has
taught me" is also correct. Use whichever best suits your meaning. My
twenty-something years occurred one at a time -- not in a lump.


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