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Unread Jul 6th, 2012, 08:17 pm
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HI everyone, I have got a question.

are the following sentences acceptable? I have this doubt because there is an indefinite article before a plural noun.

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It took her a mere 20 minutes to dispose of her opponent.

We have an additional 21 bombers.
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Unread Jul 7th, 2012, 05:43 am
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Yes, they're fine. When you have a noun phrase consisting of an adjective + cardinal number + plural noun - as in both your sentences - it's as if the "things" in the noun phrase were seen as one group. You could gloss these sentences as :

a mere period of 20 minutes
an additional force of 21 bombers.
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thank you very much. I've got a better understanding.
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