The demands of metre allow the poet to say something which is not normal colloquial English.
出自： W. Empson
The metre of Michael Alexander's rendering is..easy and pleasant to read.
出自： G. S. Fraser
误 We shall enter you for the 100 metre race.
误 We shall enter you for the 100-metres race.
正 We shall enter you for the 100 metres race.
正 We shall enter you for the 100-metre race.
误 5000 metres are a long distance.
正 5000 metres is a long distance.
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