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    Hi there,
    Please proofread the following statements.

    1. War brings a lot of disasters to humans.
    2. Wars have brought a lot of disasters to humans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    Please proofread the following statements.

    1. War brings a lot of disasters to humans.
    2. Wars have brought a lot of disasters to humans.

    Thanks
    pete
    Yes, they're OK.

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    Re: war

    Hi there,
    But 'war' is singular in the first sentence. Should we write like this 'The war' or 'A war'.?

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    Re: war

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    But 'war' is singular in the first sentence. Should we write like this 'The war' or 'A war'.?

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    pete
    No.
    "Peace is better than war." (Peace doesn't have a plural; War does)
    Here, we are talking about peace in general, and war in general.
    You can say "A war" or "The war" if you are referring to a specific war.
    "War is hell" This doesn't refer to any particular war.There are a lot of nouns in English that don't require an article.

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    Hi there,
    But words which are abstract should not have plural form. Peace is an uncountable noun, so it should not take plural form. But war is a countable noun, so it should be 'wars' instead of 'war' if you want to refer to wars in general.
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    Re: war

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    But words which are abstract should not have plural form. Peace is an uncountable noun, so it should not take plural form. But war is a countable noun, so it should be 'wars' instead of 'war' if you want to refer to wars in general.
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    Yes, you can use "wars" for wars in general; or "war" for war in general.
    You can use "sport/sports" for sport/sports in general.
    "war" and "sport" are either countable or uncountable. There are others.

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