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    eg. All carriage was done by pack animals in olden days.

    I am having a question whether the object after all should be in the form of plural or single? I read some books/newspapers where they put both plural and single form of the object right behind all?

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    carriage

    noun

    3. conveying of items or merchandise from one place to another.
    COED

    Here carriage is a singular noun, so 'was done' is correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    COED

    Here carriage is a singular noun, so 'was done' is correct.

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    Hi Rover,

    Then, do you agree that the object after all can both be in the form of plural or single? If yes, what are the differences in usage?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: all

    It depends on the context.

    In this thread carriage means transportation, so is singular.

    In the sentence 'All carriages were horse-drawn', carriages is the plural of the vehicle so takes the plural form of the verb.

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