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    Default language ( s ) ?

    He has the aptitude for language or languages ? As I was taught that we should use plural for something in general. I chose languages in the end. But singular form doesn't seem wrong.

    Both are correct ?

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    I think only one is correct. I would use "languages" because the other one does not seem very natural to me.

    ByE!

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    Default Re: language ( s ) ?

    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    He has the aptitude for language or languages ? As I was taught that we should use plural for something in general. I chose languages in the end. But singular form doesn't seem wrong.

    Both are correct ?
    Both are correct, but I would use the singular. The makes "language" more general, more conceptual, which fits better with aptitude. We do the same with art, writing, painting, sculpture, science, etc.

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    What Mike said.

    :wink:

    (Say: "He has an aptitude for language." (Not "the aptitude".)

    :)

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    Oh, this time the singular sounds more general. :)

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    The singular sounds more like linguistic knowledge to me.

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    I got to have it registered in my mind :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    I got to have it registered in my mind :)
    She has an aptitude for language.
    She has an aptitude for languages such as....
    She has an aptitude for tone languages.
    She has an aptitude for computer languages such as C++, ....

    Be my valentine

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    :) The picture is even clearer now

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