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    To add an 's' or not?

    I saw this exercise and the question asks to add or omit an 's' where appropriate.


    "To sum up, as we have seen it is quite clear that using computer(-s/ __) is a double-edged sword."

    One of my friends said that I should add an 's' after computers because we are talking about computers in general. Another friend said that we add an 's' because of the word 'using' is used. Which reason is correct? Why?

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    Re: To add an 's' or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by crabstix View Post
    I saw this exercise and the question asks to add or omit an 's' where appropriate.


    "To sum up, as we have seen it is quite clear that using computer(-s/ __) is a double-edged sword."

    One of my friends said that I should add an 's' after computers because we are talking about computers in general. Another friend said that we add an 's' because of the word 'using' is used. Which reason is correct? Why?
    The first reason is correct. Adding or not adding an "s" has nothing to do with the word "using". The following are correct.
    "...clear that using computers is..."
    "...clear that using (a)(the) computer is..."

    "...clear that using computer is..." is not correct English.

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