How to use the word “information”

WRONG
The informations that you sent us in your last email are out of date.

RIGHT
The information that you sent us in your last email is out of date.

In English the word “information” is an uncountable noun. You can never, ever, for any reason whatsoever, say “an information” or “informations”. Instead, if you need to use the word in the singular, you can say “a piece / an item of information”. But usually we simply use “information” for both singular and plural.

This mistake arises because in some languages the word has both singular and plural forms. In English it has only one form.

Related mistakes

WRONG
The Contractor undertakes that during the Term of this Agreement and for two years thereafter, he shall maintain the confidentiality of the Confidential Information and shall not disclose them to any third party unless if necessary for the proper performance of this Agreement.

RIGHT
The Contractor undertakes that during the Term of this Agreement and for two years thereafter, he shall maintain the confidentiality of the Confidential Information and shall not disclose it to any third party unless if necessary for the proper performance of this Agreement.

WRONG
Moreover, many information concerning the Company should be easily available in the public domain.

RIGHT
Moreover, a lot of information concerning the Company should be easily available in the public domain.

The word “many” can only be used with countable nouns.

WRONG
We need to receive those information in order to adjust the Schedule to Polish law.

RIGHT
We need to receive that information in order to adjust the Schedule to Polish law.

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