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"Es wurden neun Jahre."

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February 1, 2013

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Should it not be "es wurde neun Jahre"? why "es wurden"?

February 1, 2013

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Because "neun Jahre" is plural.

February 1, 2013

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true. but "es" is the subject and the verb should be conjugated according to the person and number, that is third person singular.

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"es" is really just a dummy pronoun. The actual subject is "neun Jahre". You could place it at the beginning of the sentence without changing its meaning.

Neun Jahre wurden es.

Regarding subject-verb agreement, have a look at this. http://goo.gl/79x1w (see "es = formal subject with sein")

February 1, 2013

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I see. thanks for the answer

February 1, 2013
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