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    uktous is offline Senior Member
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    Default explanation or explanations

    Hi,

    In the following sentence, should I use "explanation" or "explanations"?

    Sentence1:
    I needed to tailor explanation(s) to each student.
    Sentence2:
    I commented on whether the explanations were clear enough.

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    Default Re: explanation or explanations

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    In the following sentence, should I use "explanation" or "explanations"?

    Sentence1:
    I needed to tailor explanation(s) to each student.
    Sentence2:
    I commented on whether the explanations were clear enough.

    Thanks
    (Not a teacher)
    Well, according to the dictionary, explanation can be countable and uncountable.
    Whether it is countable or uncountable depends on your own opinion and the context.
    To express a general idea, i.e. uncountable, use explanation without "s".
    To express an individuated explanation, i.e. countable, use explanations.

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