1. hundred years make a century
  2. a hundred years make a century
  3. a hundred years makes a century
  4. hundred years makes a century

Having taken into account the entry hundred as to the links below, would you please tell me which one is correct? and, would you please show me a source that is authoritative in order to support your evidence?

Common Mistakes in English NOTE this is a huge PDF and may download to your computer

How to Learn Flawless English on Google Books.

  • Honestly, this sentence isn't very good. "A hundred years doesn't make a century"... it is a century... or, more accurately, "A century is comprised of one hundred years.". Also, I don't think that "How to Learn Flawless English" is a good resource.
    – Catija
    Commented May 31, 2015 at 5:55
  • I mean, it may be fine if you're specifically trying to learn Indian English but many of the rules in it do not follow standards of English spoken in the US or in England.
    – Catija
    Commented May 31, 2015 at 5:59

1 Answer 1


You cannot omit the article here, so sentences 1 and 4 are incorrect. The choice of whether you use the plural verb form or the singular is up to you. If you want to stress the fact that it is a hundred years, you use the plural. If you don't particularly want to stress the hundred, you use a singular verb form.


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