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    Default A monster has got only three hairs

    "Hair" is an uncountable noun.
    Do I get it right that when we physically see several separate hairs and we can count them, we can say "hairs"?
    For example:
    "There are two hairs in my soup"

    If I want to describe a monster in a picture and it has got only three visible hairs on its head is it possible to say:
    "The monster has got only three hairs"
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    Default Re: A monster has got only three hairs

    As long as you can physically count the individual hairs, then you can use the word "hairs" as a plural noun. However, if you are talking about a picture you are looking at, then you would say either "The monster has only three hairs" or "In the picture, there is a monster which has only three hairs". If you say "A monster has only three hairs" then you are making a general statement making it sounds as if all monsters have only three hairs.

    Note the correct spelling of "separate".
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    Default Re: A monster has got only three hairs

    Thank you :)
    I've corrected the mistakes you pointed out.

    I've got one more question connected with describing a picture.
    If I'm writing about differences between two pictures, which one is correct:
    1. In picture A a woman is dancing. In picture B a woman is singing.
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    2. In picture A the woman is dancing. In picture B the woman is singing.

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    Default Re: A monster has got only three hairs

    Quote Originally Posted by angelene001 View Post
    Thank you :)
    I've corrected the mistakes you pointed out.

    I've got one more question connected with describing a picture.
    If I'm writing about differences between two pictures, which one is correct:
    1. In picture A a woman is dancing. In picture B a woman is singing.
    or
    2. In picture A the woman is dancing. In picture B the woman is singing.
    If the two pictures are of the same woman doing two different activities, then I would use "the" for both. If there is a different woman in each picture, I would use "a".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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