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I have an easy question about the usage of time expressions such as "I have to wait 10 minutes", or " the train should arrive in 5 minutes", etc.

What's the correct answer to say? Should it be singular or plural?

A) They're not a lot, they will pass quickly.

B) It's not a lot, it will pass quickly.

The correct answer should be A, in my opinion, minutes are plural!

  • No, it should be B with singular agreement, because the subject refers to a single interval of time, not a set of several intervals. (Maybe you can think of a context in which several intervals of time are actually being referred to, though for your example I cannot think of one, and in that case, agreement should be plural.) – Greg Lee Aug 13 '17 at 16:57
  • Neither is used. 'It's not long' or 'That's not long' are what native speakers would say. 'It'll pass quickly' wouldn't be added for 5 minutes. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 13 '17 at 20:23
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In a comment, Greg Lee wrote:

No, it should be B with singular agreement, because the subject refers to a single interval of time, not a set of several intervals. (Maybe you can think of a context in which several intervals of time are actually being referred to, though for your example I cannot think of one, and in that case, agreement should be plural.)

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