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Explosions_Hurt
Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 8:23:46 PM
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Which of these sentences is grammatically correct:

1) Four days of work are enough to sustain my current lifestyle.
2) Four days of work is enough to sustain my current lifestyle.
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Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 8:45:02 PM

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"Four days of work is enough to sustain my current lifestyle." seems correct. "work" is singular, so "is" is the right verb.
Explosions_Hurt
Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 9:09:16 PM
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Writer Forum wrote:
"Four days of work is enough to sustain my current lifestyle." seems correct. "work" is singular, so "is" is the right verb.


Agreed. However, I read and hear so often the other form used.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 10:02:27 PM

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Hi!

There are reasons to use either of them.

If you consider the main noun to be the uncountable "work" and the phrase "four days of" to be a quantifier, then you would say "four days of work is ...".

If you consider the main noun to be "days" (modified by the descriptor "of work", forming the noun-phrase "days of work"), and you consider "four" to be the number of those days, then you would say "four days of work are ...".

Personally, I would use "is".
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Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 10:28:41 PM

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According to strict grammar guidelines, the verb to use is the plural. However, I think most people would use I. I am a believer in using vernacular in speech and (usually, but not always) correct grammar in formal writing. So, basically, I would say, "Do whatever your heart leads you to do in this instance!"
Shivanand
Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 11:59:09 PM
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I go with Drag0n




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coovi meha
Posted: Friday, September 5, 2014 2:33:35 AM

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I will use "are" because the Real subject is Four days. "Of work" however is used to clarified the sentence. For instance, If hi said "four days are enough to sustain my lifestyle" none would be able to understand the context. So he needs the argent "of Work".
What If I say: "Two leaders of America are assisting the conference" or "Two leaders are assisting the conference". The group of Work "of America" comes to make the sentence comprehensible.
sreeshma
Posted: Friday, September 5, 2014 2:51:11 AM
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I go with
Four days of work is enough to sustain my current lifestyle.
dave freak
Posted: Friday, September 5, 2014 5:08:25 AM
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Four days of work are enough to sustain my current lifestyle. |
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The part in bold can be replaced by one word: it.

Four days of work is enough to sustain my current lifestyle. = It is enough to sustain my current lifestyle.

The using of the singular seems the better choice, given a period of time in the subject of that sentence. However, the plural is also 'acceptable', but I still think 'is' perfect here.
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