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    "These info" or"this info"??

    Hi, teachers:

    Question #1:

    I know "information" is uncountable. But I've heard a lot of people say "these info" instead of "this info". I personally find "these info" more natural too. But I'm not a native speaker. Which one is the "legit" one?

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    I know "hair" is uncountable. But if a man is nearly bald, can I say:

    "He has only three hairs on his head."

    Question #3:

    "tear" is also uncountable? (I'm less so sure). Can I say:

    "Three tears seeped from her eyelashes"

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: "These info" or"this info"??

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo_Lin View Post

    I know information is uncountable. But I've heard a lot of people say "these info" instead of "this info". I personally find "these info" more natural too. But I'm not a native speaker. Which one is the "legit" one? This info(rmation).

    Another question:

    I know "hair" is uncountable. It's both countable and uncountable. But if a man is nearly bald, can I say:

    "He has only three hairs on his head." Yes.


    Many thanks in advance. (Unnecessary)
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    Re: "These info" or"this info"??

    Thanks, Rover. But there's a 3rd question:

    "tear" is also uncountable? (I'm less so sure). Can I say:


    "Three tears seeped from her eyelashes"

    Many thanks in advance.(Unnecessary, I know. But I prefer to say it. ;) )

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    Re: "These info" or"this info"??

    Tears are countable.
    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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    Re: "These info" or"this info"??

    (And making them countable in this sentence by specifying a small number has a particular implication that depends on the context: either she wasn't very upset (and put on a token display of only three tears), or she was trying very hard not to show any emotion (but three tears seeped out anyway).

    When you said 'But I've heard a lot of people say "these info" instead of "this info"' you were referrring to a common mistake made by speakers of English as a second language. (There may be dialects where the 'mistake' has become recognized as acceptable - or even, dare I say, 'preferable'?. But those dialects don't include mainstream British or American English.)

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