I spent nearly four and half years at harrow of which three were in the Army class.

This is an error spotting question. I searched for the above sentence on google and found two different answers. One said we need to replace nearly with about and other said we need to replace of which with in which but to me both these seem to be wrong correction, I guess the error is in phrase four and half years it should be four and a half years. Am I correct ?

  • Singular nouns such as correction and phrase, and pronouns such as other, must always be preceded by a determiner such as the definite article the. "Google" will not help you with this; practice, reading and study will. Jul 1, 2017 at 23:14

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Yes. Omitting the article (in this case, it's "a") makes the writer sound uneducated and poorly spoken.

I spent four and a half years at Harrow, of which three were in the Army class.


I spent four and a half years at Harrow; three of those years were in the Army Class.

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    It might be worth mentioning that another error in the original sentence is that Harrow should be capitalized. I know that you have used a capital in your answer but the OP may not have spotted that.
    – Sarriesfan
    Jul 1, 2017 at 8:52

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