I have problems with this sentence.

"Two weeks off work sounds great or sound great". What form of the verb should I use in this case (and in similar sentences), if "weeks" is a plural noun?

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    It can be either. They are both correct. It depends on if you are considering two weeks to be a single block of time consisting of two weeks or if you are treating it as two units of time of a week each. Really, both the singular and plural are used in situations like this—because different people treat the noun phrase differently. It's similar to some people saying your sixty minutes start now [60 one-minute units of time] and other people saying your sixty minutes starts now [one 60-minute unit of time]. Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 1:10
  • Thank you ever so much for your answer! I have found it both very interesting and beneficial. Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 2:20

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The verb should be "sounds," because the verb's subject should contain the implied gerund "taking," as in "Taking two weeks off work sounds great."

  • Many thanks for clarifying it. That's a massive help! Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 1:03

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