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    "Did you get any calls yet from the places you applied for a job?" <--is this correct? why? what does the sentence mean?
    "Did you get any calls yet from the places you applied for jobs?" <--is this correct? why? what does the sentence mean?

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    They are both possible, I think. 'A job' would imply that the applications were for a very similar job. 'Jobs' would imply that the person has applied to various places for more than one different job.

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    "There will be no lates for this assiment." <---correct? why? what does it mean? do i have to add the "s" to "late" because the subject is singular?

    "There will be no late for this assiment." <---correct? why? what does it mean?

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    The word late is not normally used as a noun. You could say lateness. Example:
    • Lateness will not be tolerated.

    Or, perhaps:
    • You will be penalized if you are late.


    :)

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    Lateness will be penalised?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Lateness will be penalised?
    Um, I wouldn't think so. The lateness wouldn't pay a penalty. The person who was late would do that.

    :)

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    "In a dynamic equilibrium, the forward reaction and reverse reaction continue to proceed at equal rates." <---is "rates" suppose to have a "S"? Why can't it be "rate"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    "In a dynamic equilibrium, the forward reaction and reverse reaction continue to proceed at equal rates." <---is "rates" suppose to have a "S"? Why can't it be "rate"?
    In this case only rates would work. It couldn't have a singular form because there are two reactions, and each one has its own rate, but they happen to be equal, therefore you have two equal rates.

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    "This story talks about Anzia past happening." <--correct? why? what does it mean without the "s" for "happening".

    "This story talks about Anzia past happenings." <--correct? why? what does it mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    "This story talks about Anzia past happening." <--correct? why? what does it mean without the "s" for "happening".

    "This story talks about Anzia past happenings." <--correct? why? what does it mean?
    The first one 'past happening' refers to one happening, one event that happened to Anzia in the past.

    The second one 'past happenings' refers to more than one event that happened to Anzia in the past.

    The problem with the sentences is not 'past happening(s)'. It's the noun 'Anzia'. It needs a possessive marker,

    This story talks about Anzia's past happening(s).

    All the best,

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