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    Question countable/uncountable

    the military is /are ....is military word countable, uncoutable?
    we can say both of them are suitable


    i wonder much and waiting your comments
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    Default Re: countable/uncountable

    Military is a collective noun. In American English, collective nouns are usually treated as singulars. The military has changed. In British English, collective nouns are usually treated as plurals. The military have changed.

    Overall, the agreement of collective subjects and their verbs is goverened by regional usage and writer's choice.

    "Collective nouns such as team and staff may be either singular or plural depending on their use in the sentence.
    Examples The staff is in a meeting.
    Staff is acting as a unit here.
    The staff are in disagreement about the findings.
    The staff are acting as separate individuals in this sentence.
    The sentence would read even better like this:
    The staff members are in disagreement about the findings."

    Subject and Verb Agreement | Grammar Rules

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    Default Re: countable/uncountable

    Quote Originally Posted by DivingDeep View Post
    the military is /are ....is military word countable, uncoutable?
    we can say both of them are suitable


    i wonder much and waiting your comments
    thanks,
    The military is a collective noun. It can be followed by a plural or a singular verb, depending on the context:

    The military [forces] are....
    Their military is the largest in the region;
    The military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker

    The noun "military" can have a plural form:

    n. pl. military also militaries

    1. Armed forces: a country ruled by the military.
    2. Members, especially officers, of an armed force.


    military - Definitions from Dictionary.com

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    Default Re: countable/uncountable

    so much thanks for your comments i can understand perfectly now.

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