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    Singular or Plural Noun

    Hi, should it be "She bought two green and one red apple" or "She bought two green and one red apples?" Many thanks.

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    Re: Singular or Plural Noun

    Quote Originally Posted by iamwkk View Post
    Hi, should it be "She bought two green and one red apple" or "She bought two green and one red apples?" Many thanks.
    She bought two green apples and a red one.

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    Re: Singular or Plural Noun

    Thanks. What if we want to say something where the sequence of the objects concerned is important, eg:

    "He won three gold, two silver and one bronze medal(s) in the competition."

    Should there be an "s"? Please help. Thanks!

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    Re: Singular or Plural Noun

    Quote Originally Posted by iamwkk View Post
    Thanks. What if we want to say something where the sequence of the objects concerned is important, eg:

    "He won three gold, two silver and one bronze medal(s) in the competition."

    Should there be an "s"? Please help. Thanks!
    He won three gold, two silver and one bronze medal in the competition.
    I.

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    Re: Singular or Plural Noun

    Quote Originally Posted by IvanV View Post
    He won three gold, two silver and one bronze medal in the competition.
    I.
    I agree, and in reply to the OP:
    "She bought two green and one red apple".

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    Re: Singular or Plural Noun

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I agree, and in reply to the OP:
    "She bought two green and one red apple".
    She bought two green and one red apple.
    She bought two green apples and a red one.
    Which one sounds right to a native speaker?
    Thank you!

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    Re: Singular or Plural Noun

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    She bought two green and one red apple.
    She bought two green apples and a red one.
    Which one sounds right to a native speaker?
    Thank you!
    Both are fine, though I suggest using the first one, as it appears more natural for everyday conversation. In certain context, the second might seem better - I leave it to the occasion.

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    Re: Singular or Plural Noun

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    She bought two green and one red apple.
    She bought two green apples and a red one.
    Which one sounds right to a native speaker?
    Thank you!
    I prefer the second. Also, why not re-order the nouns to sound better: She one a bronze, a silver and two gold medals.

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    Re: Singular or Plural Noun

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I prefer the second. Also, why not re-order the nouns to sound better: She one a bronze, a silver and two gold medals.
    Yes, of:
    "She bought two green and one red apple." and
    "She bought two green apples and a red one."
    the second sounds better. Of the original question the first sounds better.

    Generally medals are listed from gold down. So why not reorder it to:
    "She one two gold medals, one silver, and one bronze." (Yes, you'd have to use the right intonation if you were speaking this).

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