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    Dear teachers

    In the phrase of rough seas, why should sea be in the plural?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Because it refers to more than one sea.
    We went down in rough seas.
    But: The rough sea prevented us from sailing that night.
    WW

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    Default Re: rough seas

    Quote Originally Posted by dut_thinker View Post
    Dear teachers

    In the phrase of rough seas, why This is an excellent site I love it! should sea be in the plural?

    Thank you in advance.
    Off-topic perhaps, but is "rough seas" meant to be taken literally or figuratively? Just asking because I have never heard of this phrase before.
    Last edited by murmunisttoi; 24-Feb-2012 at 02:40.

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    Default Re: rough seas

    Rough seas is an expression used to describe a challenging time or experience.


    He's facing rough seas ahead.

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    Default Re: rough seas

    It also can be quite literal.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: rough seas

    Quote Originally Posted by dut_thinker View Post

    In the phrase of rough seas, why should sea be in the plural?
    As you can see from the above replies, depending on the context it doesn't have to be in the plural.

    Rover

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