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    Red face evidence/s uncountable?

    Hi Everyone,

    Could you help me with this:

    I have two different groups of marks on an object (scores and chips). The fact that they are placed in the same area of the object itself, "makes fairly probable a relation between the two evidences" (that means that scores and chips may be related to an action which caused them at the same time)

    I wrote EVIDENCE, because I though that the word "evidence" was uncountable, but windows corrected me with EVIDENCES.

    Any advice?

    Thank you in advance,

    Buno

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    Default Re: evidence/s uncountable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buno View Post
    Hi Everyone,

    Could you help me with this:

    I have two different groups of marks on an object (scores and chips). The fact that they are placed in the same area of the object itself, "makes fairly probable a relation between the two evidences" (that means that scores and chips may be related to an action which caused them at the same time)

    I wrote EVIDENCE, because I though that the word "evidence" was uncountable, but windows corrected me with EVIDENCES.

    Any advice?

    Thank you in advance,

    Buno
    Generally, spell checkers make LOTS of mistakes!!! Most of them aren't set up to know the difference between countable and uncountable nouns. As soon as your spell checker saw "two", it will have assumed you needed to follow it with a plural.

    "Evidence" is uncountable - you might refer to "pieces of evidence" or similar but normally we just use "evidence" on its own.

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    Default Re: evidence/s uncountable?

    As emsr2d2 says, grammar and spellchecks are not perfect. Some people do use it as a plural nowadays- many nouns regarded as uncountable are appearing in the plural, though two evidences doesn't sound good to me. If it was the grammar check, it could have thought that evidence was a verb.

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