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    EverLivingPoet is offline Banned
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    Question DISASTER OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS

    (another one of those bothersome questions on countability)

    "a disaster of biblical proportions"

    Is the "s" in "proportions" optional?

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    Default Re: DISASTER OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS

    Quote Originally Posted by EverLivingPoet View Post
    (another one of those bothersome questions on countability)

    "a disaster of biblical proportions"

    Is the "s" in "proportions" optional?
    It would sound unnatural to me without it. Collins Dictionary says "proportions" are always plural in this meaning.

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    Default Re: DISASTER OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS

    proportions [plural] : the size, shape, or extent of something
    ▪ The carpet did not fit the proportions [=dimensions] of the room.
    ▪ It's a problem of huge/massive proportions.
    ▪ It was a disaster of biblical/epic proportions. [=it was a terrible disaster that affected many people]

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    Default Re: DISASTER OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS

    I would use proportions.

    Could I ask you not to write titles all in capitals, please? Writing in capitals is known as shouting. Thanks

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