"The past seven years, from my freshman year to today, has been a period of tremendous change and growth. "

Shouldn't the bolded verb be singular because it refers to the singular period? Perhaps it should be have been because it refers to seven years or change and growth?

I'm stumped!

Best regards,

-Peter
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Seven years -> have

but you'll see both.

However:

It's going to be the best Christmas ever because this year I have done everything myself and the horrible atmosphere of the last seven years has lifted.
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OK, but if we distill this sentence and simplify it a bit...

"The past seven years have been a period of tremendous growth. "

Doesn't that sound incorrect? Seven years is the subject, but isn't period a detailed, specific characterization of that subject?
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Marius HancuSeven years -> have

but you'll see both.

However:

It's going to be the best Christmas ever because this year I have done everything myself and the horrible atmosphere of the last seven years has lifted.
I agree with Marius. In English the grammatical number of the subject is often of no significance. When the idea of a whole or a period of time is more important, a singular verb or even an indefinite article with a plural is often used:

Ten dollars is not enough.
He spent a happy five days in Phuket.


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"The past seven years, from my freshman year to today, has been a period of tremendous change and growth. "

Shouldn't the bolded verb be singular because it refers to the singular period? Perhaps it should be have been because it refers to seven years or change and growth?

PeterThe past seven years, from my freshman year to today, has been a period ...

I'd use 'has' because of the word 'period'.

Two days is a short period.
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