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    Mutterings. Singular or plural?

    Hello, everyone.

    Muttering N (Uncountable) (also mutterings[pl])
    This quote comes from my Oxford dictionary. I am not sure how I should understand it. It seemingly suggests that verbs following mutterings should take singular form? I've googled it and most of the hits on the first page shows that it should be treated as a plural noun.

    So, I guess the conclusion should be that we use singular form after muttering and plural form after mutterings.

    Am I ringht in thinking so?

    Thanks

    Richard

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    Re: Mutterings. Singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero3 View Post
    Hello, everyone.



    This quote comes from my Oxford dictionary. I am not sure how I should understand it. It seemingly suggests that verbs following mutterings should take singular form? I've googled it and most of the hits on the first page shows that it should be treated as a plural noun.

    So, I guess the conclusion should be that we use singular form after muttering and plural form after mutterings.

    Am I ringht in thinking so?

    Thanks

    Richard
    Yes, that's what '[pl]' means after 'mutterings' in your example.

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    Re: Mutterings. Singular or plural?

    Cheers, Raymott.


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    Re: Mutterings. Singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero3 View Post
    Hello, everyone.



    This quote comes from my Oxford dictionary. I am not sure how I should understand it. It seemingly suggests that verbs following mutterings should take singular form? I've googled it and most of the hits on the first page shows that it should be treated as a plural noun.

    So, I guess the conclusion should be that we use singular form after muttering and plural form after mutterings.

    Am I ringht in thinking so?

    Thanks

    Richard
    Yes, you are right. "His continual muttering was becoming irritating." Her insane mutterings were very disturbing."

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