"It follows a frantic 24 hours of talks between ambassadors, officials and foreign ministers."

Why is the indefinite article used before the word frantic when 24 hours are undoubtedly plural?

  • [FumbleFingers] spent a good two hours on the Internet, looking for examples of the usage. Obviously I didn't, but syntactically speaking I could have. Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 11:36

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If you say "A frantic period of talks" it might make more sense to you.

So the "24 hours" should be understood as a period of time. A frantic 36 hours or a frantic 10 minutes is similar.

If the hours were all separately frantic it would read something like "24 frantic hours". But there are no concrete rules here.

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