What is more suitable for the following context?

  1. This several minutes is important for me"

  2. These several minutes are important for me"

  • 2
    This is singular, these is plural, so these looks to fit better
    – Random
    May 26, 2015 at 12:06
  • If you want to use this you have to use it with a singular noun as in: this short, several-minute window of opportunity is important to me :-)
    – Lucky
    May 26, 2015 at 12:29
  • Though the way the example sentence is phrased (This/These several minutes is/are) makes it sound better to me to use These and are, let's not forget that an "amount" (of something) can be and usually is thought of as a singular noun. For example, here is a sentence from COCA: It's what I call quiet time and that may be devotional reading, prayer, a bible reading. But I think that 30 minutes is very meaningful in terms of how you start your day. May 26, 2015 at 13:04
  • To say it plainly, "This several minutes is ..." is horrible grammar.
    – rogermue
    May 26, 2015 at 18:56

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Grammatically correct would be these several minutes are important for me since minutes is a plural form.

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