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I'm wondering if "Years of hardship" takes a singular or plural verb:

Years of hardship has/have taken a toll on his health.

Twenty years of hardship has/have taken a toll on his health.

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    Birds of a feather flock together.
    – Lambie
    Sep 20 at 13:51
  • Some say nouns denoting time or money take singular verbs.
    – Apollyon
    Sep 20 at 13:53
  • Years of hard labor has made their farm one of the finest in that part of the State. books.google.com.tw/…
    – Apollyon
    Sep 20 at 14:03
  • Read the latest quoted sentence, please.
    – Apollyon
    Sep 20 at 14:04
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    @Lambie Here's a rule I found in Practical English Usage by Michael Swan. Its scope covers more than just time expressions: "When we talk about amounts and quantities we usually use singular determiners, verbs and pronouns, even if the noun is plural."
    – Apollyon
    Sep 20 at 14:32

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