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    Smile reason(s) to believe

    Hi, all! I've always thought that "reason" is uncountable as in "we have some reason to believe that he is guilty," except when you have a specific cause in mind as in "just give me one reason." However, I've recently noticed some people use "reason" as countable as in "there are some reasons to believe that he is guilty." What's your verdict on this? Thanks in advance!
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    Default Re: reason(s) to believe

    Quote Originally Posted by yuriya View Post
    Hi, all! I've always thought that "reason" is uncountable as in "we have some reason to believe that he is guilty," except when you have a specific cause in mind as in "just give me one reason." However, I've recently noticed some people use "reason" as countable as in "there are some reasons to believe that he is guilty." What's your verdict on this? Thanks in advance!
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    I would say that 'reason' is countable (e.g., there are 3 reasons you should stay in school), that 'there are some reasons to believe' sounds odd to me (because I am used to hearing 'there is some reason to believe'), and that 'there are some reasons for this' sounds OK to me (because I hear people say it).

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    Default Re: reason(s) to believe

    Quote Originally Posted by yuriya View Post
    Feel free to correct my sentences. I welcome them, not resent them!
    This is not correct. "Them" in

    I welcome them, not resent them!

    must refer to "my sentences" because there is nothing else it can refer to! And you surely did not mean:

    I welcome my sentences, not resent my sentences.

    I think you wanted your "them" to refer to the corrections we are free to make. But the word "corrections" is not present in your previous sentence so "them" can't refer to it. You could write:

    I welcome your corrections, not resent them!

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