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Amanda was unwilling to go overseas to pursue her university education.  She felt that four years___________ a long time to spend away from family and friends.

(1) is

(2) are

(3) was

(4) were

Answer key is (4) which I don’t think is correct.  I think should be either ‘is’ or ‘was’.

Need advise.  Thank you !

Answer

I believe “was” is the most appropriate answer.

“Four years” is like a collective noun representing a thing.

Not all English assessment books are of a high standard.

Try googling it for a more detailed explanation.

 

 

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“four years” is plural.

“a four-year study” is singular.

The sentence starts with ” She felt …”, which is past term.

Hence, the answer is ‘were’.

Hope this explains.

 

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