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"Es wurden neun Jahre."

February 1, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Biomax

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christian

Because "neun Jahre" is plural.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Biomax

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christian

"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")


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Biomax

I see. thanks for the answer

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