Is or Are for "five minutes"?

Hey all!!! :)

Today I came across this question and am wondering...

Is five minutes enough for a business meeting? Yes, it is / No, it´s not
...or...
Are five minutes enough for a business meeting? Yes, they are / No, they aren´t

...are both questions right?
...is the answer with the plural wrong?

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6 respostas
Hello juliamontenegro,

In this case i think that if you use the " there" verb may help you.

Then, we have : "There're Five Minutes ..., Always remembering the singular and plural forms.

I hope you have been helped.

Good Studies ;]
Donay Mendonça 22 107 1.6k
Julia,

Para mim, as duas formas são aceitáveis.Suas construções,para mim,estão adequadas.


Bons estudos!
Oi!

Olha, se vc está se referindo à unidade de tempo como um todo, o certo eh IS

Por exemplo>>

Five minutes is enough for a soccer team to win a match.
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Juggler Korovsky escreveu:In this case i think that if you use the " there" verb may help you.

Then, we have : "There're Five Minutes ..., Always remembering the singular and plural forms.
'there' is not a verb

As duas formas são corretas mas olha:
5 minutes is enough. (ênfase no período como um todo)
There are 60 minutes in one hour. (ênfase nos minutos individuais)

Quanto à pergunta original, o mais comum seria "Is five minutes enough for a business meeting? Yes, it is / No, it´s not"
Thomas 7 60 290
A similar question appeared a on English-Test.net. The answer is below:

(The five minutes is/are up.)

Both make sense. If you are thinking of just the period of time, it would be is up. If you are paying great attention to the exact number of minutes, then it would be are up.


Não adora o idioma inglês? É mais complicado que o coração de uma sogra. rsrsrs


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Henry Cunha 3 18 183
"Enough" works as a pronoun in the original sentence, and in this case we commonly use the singular:

Five minutes is enough for ...
A million years is enough for evolution...
Enough is enough.

Mas "enough" pode representar um pronome plural ou singular, adaptando-se o verbo de acordo:

I am enough just as I am.
We are enough for the job.

We can contrast what happens to the verb when "enough" switches to being an adjective:

Enough has been said on this topic.
Enouugh speakers have spoken on this topic.

Regards