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    Euro and Dollar

    Is this sentence correct?

    500 Euros is about 590 in dollars
    500 Euros is about 590 in dollar

    Should dollar be in plural or singular?

    when 'in ' precedes a noun, it should be always singular right?

    example,

    you look better in person than in picture. OKAy
    you look better in persons than in pictures. NO

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    Re: Euro and Dollar

    [QUOTE=Unregistered;524727]Is this sentence correct?

    500 Euros is about 590 in dollars
    500 Euros is about 590 in dollar

    Should dollar be in plural or singular?

    "Dollars" should be plural.
    This is correct:
    Five hundred Euros is about 590 in dollars.
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    when 'in ' precedes a noun, it should be always singular right?

    Wrong. There is no such rule, and words following 'in" are either singular or plural depending on the meaning -- depending on how many there are.

    example,
    you look better in person than in picture. OKAy
    you look better in persons than in pictures. NO

    You are correct here, but not because all nouns following "in" are singular. The reason "in person" is correct is because it is an expression, an idiom.

    Examples of correct sentences:

    Darryl's dog loves riding in cars.
    The first time he rode in a car, he was just a puppy.
    Since then, he rides in cars whenever he can.

    In case of fire, break this glass.
    Here is how to solve the math problem in cases like this.

    However, many expressions starting with "in" don't have a plural form.
    - in trouble
    - in luck
    - in sickness and in health
    - in the event of
    - in the money

    But some do:
    "When we were kids, we couldn't stay in bed all day."
    "When we were kids, we slept in beds of eiderdown."

    And some expressions have only a plural form:
    "The moon walked on the ocean in shoes of silver light."
    "Walk a mile in my shoes."
    "In dreams you're mine all the time."
    (but you can say, "I saw her in a dream.")

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