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This is actually interesting. I started to write a flip comment but then I thought about it a little more. The truth is, it could go either way, depending on what you mean. If you mean the two things are independently satisfying, use satisfy. Using A and B for shorthand, we get: A satisfies me. B satisfies me. But A and B satisfy me. If you mean both ...
OK. I think the singular article is used because in each of your examples the plural nouns make up a single unit of time. The same structure would be used with other units of measurement: a weighty three bags of coal a full ten bottles an arduous eighty kilometres In such case, the unit of measurement is the noun phrase which includes the ...
From English Club (slightly modified) : In reported speech: He said: "I feel sad." becomes He said that he felt sad. John said (that) he was hungry. ... John's original words: "I am hungry." [As is seen, w]e sometimes change the tense of the reported clause by moving it back one tense. For example, present simple goes back one ...
A few old grammar rules A great many, a good many, a few.—These are very incorrect and bad phrazes; and the singular article can never be properly used with a plural noun. Since Few words on Many Subjects was published in 1831, English has seen quite a few changes. I don't know whether this rule was enforced at schools, but I did find another ...
Obey your manual of style, either the one you choose or the one thrust upon you. I use The Chicago Manual of Style, which says to choose the number of the noun closest to the verb. Neither the plates nor the serving bowl goes on that shelf. Neither the serving bowl nor the plates go on that shelf.
I would choose c. If using the word "as" once, it is most often used a second time to complete the comparison correctly. For example, "My pillow is as soft as a cloud." This is the appropriate way to write a classic simile.
I would like to thank you all. It seems conclusively better to use either ''is'' or ''are'' after km. If you write kilometers in long unabbreviated form it is sensible to use '' are''.However one can also use ''is'' after unabbreviated form of kilometres. I became sure that it is up to the choice of the writer or speaker. –
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