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    Default I like playing the flute(s)

    1. I like apples.
    2. I like playing the trumpet(s).

    In sentence 2, should we add 's' after the trumpet?


    Thanks for your help.

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    Default Re: I like playing the flute(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    1. I like apples.
    2. I like playing the trumpet(s).

    In sentence 2, should we add 's' after the trumpet?


    Thanks for your help.
    No.

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    Default Re: I like playing the flute(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No.
    Thanks a lot, Moderator bhaisahab.

    We have to put 'the' before musical instruments.

    My kid asked me the following questions:-
    1. 1. I like apples. (Apple must be in plural)
    2. I like playing the trumpet. (Why can't we put "s" after the trumpet?)

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: I like playing the flute(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    I like playing the trumpet. (Why can't we put "s" after the trumpet?)
    I assume that you play only one trumpet at a time.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: I like playing the flute(s)

    But, I like to eat one apple at a time.

    [not a teacher]

    For eating, I like apples. I like eating apples.

    For playing, I like trumpets. I like playing trumpets.

    For still life painting, I like the apple. I like painting the apple.

    For orchestra, I like the trumpet. I like playing the trumpet.

    Why is this? I’ll let smarter more knowledgeable people explain.

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