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    Default singular or plural nouns

    I would like to know whether I should be using a plural or a singular noun when I am stating general properties of an entity. For example,

    To say all X type of entities always have certain property, should I say :

    atomic generators do not have descriptor array

    or

    atomic generator does not have descriptor array

    To me, it looks like the first sentence makes a better statement than the second one in terms of its impact.

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    Default Re: singular or plural nouns

    atomic generators do not have descriptor array

    or

    atomic generator does not have descriptor array


    Atomic generators do not have a descriptor array.
    An atomic generator does not have a descriptor array.


    Both would be fine when you include the 'an", and as you note, it then becomes your own 'feel' and 'sense' of the language that determines which one you would use.
    I am less sure about the "a" before 'descriptor': I take it that 'array' is some display, or array of lights or components or something. If 'descriptor array' is a function, the 'a' would not be used, as in 'descriptor array capability'.
    (You might tend to use the second, single noun version if you were making a direct comparison with some other instrument:
    With a fusion combustor, one can read the proportion of quasars directly from a digitial display, whereas an atomic generator does not have a readout-system.
    (I have no idea what I'm saying in this sentence, but the grammar's good!)
    Last edited by David L.; 27-Dec-2007 at 13:43.

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    Default Re: singular or plural nouns

    Thanks, David ..

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