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    Giraffes have got a long neck

    Can I use a singular noun here:
    Giraffes have got a long neck.

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    Re: Giraffes have got a long neck

    Quote Originally Posted by angelene001 View Post
    Can I use a singular noun here:
    Giraffes have got a long neck.
    Yes, at least in AusE you can.

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    Re: Giraffes have got a long neck

    I'd say "Giraffes have long necks". "Giraffes have got a long neck" sounds to me like something a three-year-old child would say.

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    Re: Giraffes have got a long neck

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I'd say "Giraffes have long necks". "Giraffes have got a long neck" sounds to me like something a three-year-old child would say.
    Maybe, a three-year-old or an Aussie.
    "Giraffes have" in this context means "The Giraffe has ..." ie. the giraffe as a species.
    "Dogs generally have a longer and wider nose than cats." Sounds OK to me.

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    Re: Giraffes have got a long neck

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, at least in AusE you can.
    I'd say that you can in BrE too- it's not incorrect, and I'd probably go for a higher age limit that Bhai.

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