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When I use the word "works" for meaning of construction project, should I treat it as singular or plural?
e.g. "The demolition works were completed" or "The demolition works was completed"?
The men did some work; they worked knocking down a building, demolishing a building - they did some demolition work.
The demolition work was completed.
The demolition project was completed.
The demolition job was completed.
Thank you for both of your advices.
I understand that I can use "project", "job" to replace the word "works". I would like to ask if I have no choice but need to use the term "demolition works" for the meaning of "demolition project", is it grammatical correct to say:
The demolition works was completed.
Normally the word 'work' is uncountable.
e.g. This is hard work.
It can become countable when:
1. It means 'a work of art'.
e.g. Agatha Christie's works.
2.'Works' has the same form for the singular and the plural when it means 'factory'.
The works is (=factory) closed today.
The works are (=factories) closed today.
A similar word is 'barracks'.
3. It means technologically different types of work.
e.g. The roadworks have been completed.
With demolition, maybe it's hard to imagine this action as a set of different types of technological processes.