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    Post Type of Shelters or Types of Shelter

    Hi!

    i would like to ask, what is correct: Type of Shelters or Types of Shelter? I have a lesson on Shelter, i am quite confused on what to use when i will be discussing the types, will i say: Type of Shelters or Types of Shelter?

    thank you.

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    Re: Type of Shelters or Types of Shelter

    Good question I've heard more cases of 'types of Xs' in speakers of Am Eng, and more of the singular X in British Eng. I've heard more or less shrill defences of either usage and its alleged 'logic'. I shall listen and learn ...

    (In the meantime, my practice is to avoid this format - 'I don't know which types of choice to make' => 'One type of choice seems much the same as another.')

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    Re: Type of Shelters or Types of Shelter

    Quote Originally Posted by mesh_chel View Post
    Hi!

    i would like to ask, what is correct: Type of Shelters or Types of Shelter? I have a lesson on Shelter, i am quite confused on what to use when i will be discussing the types, will i say: Type of Shelters or Types of Shelter?

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    In my opinion:

    You would talk about "Types of Shelter" when going camping. If you're caught in a storm, there are many different types of shelter: trees, caves, etc. Or perhaps in a broad, social sense. Types of Shelter: Family, Church, Friends, etc.

    "Types of Shelters" implies actual buildings or structures: homeless shelters, underground bunkers, metal shacks, etc.

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    Re: Type of Shelters or Types of Shelter

    Quote Originally Posted by acslater017 View Post
    In my opinion:

    You would talk about "Types of Shelter" when going camping. If you're caught in a storm, there are many different types of shelter: trees, caves, etc. Or perhaps in a broad, social sense. Types of Shelter: Family, Church, Friends, etc.

    "Types of Shelters" implies actual buildings or structures: homeless shelters, underground bunkers, metal shacks, etc.
    I agree, for what it's worth. I opened the thread to say something very much like this.

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