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I can't figure out this sentence:

We are experiencing longer than average wait times.

I checked the dictionary. Time should not be countable.

Can anyone tell me which one is correct?

average wait times vs. average wait time

wait times vs. wait time

Thanks!

  • Is this for a single line or multiple? If all rides at Disney Land are taking longer, then “times is appropriate. – Jim Dec 30 '17 at 6:12
  • Please specify which dictionary you checked. And then look in some more. – AmE speaker May 2 '18 at 4:07
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We are experiencing longer than average wait times.

Usage wise, Google has 126 returns for the above but none for the above using the singular time. (Yet the term average wait time has about five times the hits as average wait times.)

Are you speaking about a singular event or singular subject? Or plural? (Traveling together, we is treated as singular in re time/s.) Consider examples using grade instead of time:

  • I received an above average grade in Physics. (this semester's grade)
  • I received above average grades in Physics. (each test or semester)
  • We received an above average grade on our Physics project (our project, thus we is singular)
  • We received above average grades in Physics. (people in my study group, or multiple projects)

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