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    Vocabulary/vocabularies

    Is ''Vocabulary'' like ''people''?? Can I say: vocabularies?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Vocabulary/vocabularies

    If you mean more than one, then yes. But it would be helpful to know how you want to use it.

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    Re: Vocabulary/vocabularies

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    If you mean more than one, then yes. But it would be helpful to know how you want to use it.
    I have to learn ten vocabularies/Vocabulary a day. Which one is right?

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    Re: Vocabulary/vocabularies

    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's tear View Post
    I have to learn ten vocabularies/Vocabulary a day. Which one is right?


    Who makes you do the impossible?
    I would say: I have to learn ten words a day.

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    Re: Vocabulary/vocabularies

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    Who makes you do the impossible?
    I would say: I have to learn ten words a day.
    But I want to know if the word ''vocabularies'' was right or not. That's it.

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    Re: Vocabulary/vocabularies

    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's tear View Post
    But I want to know if the word ''vocabularies'' was right or not. That's it.

    My comment was meant to provoke you to figure out the difference between a word and a vocabulary.
    No, it is not right in your sentence which is not logical, by the way. Vocabulary is not right either.
    Vocabulary=all words in a particular language.
    You can not learn all English words a day. Can you???
    Vocabularies=set of specialized words or specialist words in a language like General Medicine Vocabulary, Orthopaedic vocabulary or Radiology vocabulary.
    Last edited by banderas; 03-May-2008 at 04:18. Reason: typo

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    Re: Vocabulary/vocabularies

    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's tear View Post
    But I want to know if the word ''vocabularies'' was right or not. That's it.
    "Vocabulary" can be countable or uncountable.
    So, "Different languages have different vocabularies."(Countable)
    But, ""Reading more books is one of the ways to improve your vocabularly."(Uncountable)
    (Not a teacher)

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