Results 1 to 3 of 3
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Aug 2006
    • Posts: 86
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    character or characters

    I am not sure about the use of the word "character."
    Which should I use, singular or plural form in the case below.

    Since I've been living outside Japan for two years, I've become more conscious about the Japanese character.

    If I use "characters" instead of "character," is it wrong?

    I appreciate your help.

  1. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 17,567
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: character or characters

    Definitely stick with the singular.

    If you use the plural, it sounds like you're referring to many quirky, slightly odd people of Japanese origin. (See definition #7 here: character - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Malaysia

    • Join Date: Jun 2006
    • Posts: 2,130
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: character or characters

    Since I've been living outside Japan for two years, I've become more conscious about the Japanese character.
    I think you probably mean 'Japanese culture' there, which is also singular.

    not a teacher

Similar Threads

  1. Help Analysing Characters
    By RSP in forum Literature
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-Mar-2008, 13:36
  2. In characters
    By Bushwhacker in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 16-Oct-2007, 20:42
  3. fairly unpleasant character
    By user_gary in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-Mar-2007, 07:05
  4. Oedipal character
    By ian2 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-Feb-2007, 20:18
  5. a high level of character
    By beeja in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 23-Mar-2006, 22:53

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •