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The difference between countable and uncountable nouns (unit and mass nouns)

Distinguishing between countable nouns (unit nouns) and uncountable nouns (mass nouns) can be very difficult. This area is the source of many mistakes. Unit nouns have two forms, singular and plural: e.g. a chair, chairs. You can say 1 chair, … Continue reading

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How to use “all”, “whole” and “entire”

The words “all”, “whole” and “entire” are quantifiers. This means they indicate aspects of quantity. Their usage depends on the type of noun they describe, i.e. singular or plural, countable or uncountable. ALL “All (of the)” can generally be used … Continue reading

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Is “data” singular or plural?

The answer is – both. The word “data” is a Latin word. It is the plural of “datum”. “Data” means facts or information; “datum” means one fact or a single item of information. “Data” and “datum” are usually used to … Continue reading

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How to use the word “control”

“Control” can be either a noun or a verb. It is commonly misused in both instances. “Control” as a noun WRONG As the Branch is an organisational part of the Company, the public authorities may ask for these documents in … Continue reading

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How to translate “tajemnica”

“Tajemnica” can be translated into English as either “secret” or “secrecy”. The choice of which word to use and how to use it depends on what meaning you want to express. For example, To jest tajemnica zawodowa may be translated as … Continue reading

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Giving notice

There are two ways of expressing a notice period, as follows: Under Clause 4.2 one month’s notice is required in order to terminate the agreement. Under Clause 4.2 a one-month notice period is required in order to terminate the agreement. … Continue reading

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The difference between “money” and “monies” (or “moneys”)

In everyday English the word “money” is uncountable. It is not used in the plural. We say, e.g. I found some money under the bed / There is some money under the bed, whether it is one 1 cent coin … Continue reading

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How to use the word “consent”

In general, the word “consent” can be used in two different ways: (i) as an uncountable noun – this refers to the concept/idea of consent The management board must obtain prior written consent from the Shareholders’ Meeting in order to perform certain … Continue reading

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Don’t confuse “work” and “works”

The word “work” can be a verb or noun or even an adjective. This entry looks at “work” and “works” as nouns. “Work” has several different meanings, but one of the most common is “exertion or effort directed to produce … Continue reading

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The difference between “damage” and “damages”

Remember that damages is not the plural of damage, but actually has a different meaning. Damage means “loss or injury to a person or property”. It is an uncountable singular noun and has no plural form. E.g.: The cost of the … Continue reading

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