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    Dear teachers,

    I know the phrase "in detail" is correct. But in some online dictionary there is the phrase "in details". I can't find the phrase in my dictionary. Could you please kindly explain if the phrase is a new one?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Default Re: in detail or in details

    Hard to answer without the full context. But there is no reason why you cannot use the plural of details in the right context:

    He filled in details of the proposal

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    Default Re: in detail or in details

    Dear Anglika,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. The following is from the dictionary and there is no context.

    a. He told us the accident in detail.
    b. Can you explain it in details?
    That's why I asked the question.

    After reading your explanation I now know I can use both.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Hard to answer without the full context. But there is no reason why you cannot use the plural of details in the right context:

    He filled in details of the proposal
    Last edited by jiang; 29-Oct-2008 at 13:43.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear Anglika,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. The following is from the dictionary and there are no context.

    a. He told us the accident in detail.
    b. Can you explain it in details? To be honest, this looks very like a typo. "in detail" is the collocation in this context. Which online dictionary is it in?
    That's why I asked the question.

    After reading your explanation I now know I can use both. In my example sentence, the collocation is "filling in" = completing.

    Jiang
    It is difficult for non-native speakers to decide where there is a collocation or error . Sometimes it can be quite difficult for native speakers.

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    Default Re: in detail or in details

    Dear Anglika,
    Thank you very much for your explanation.The examples are from Yodaodict.
    According to your explanation I think "in detail" is collocation. I shall use this one.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It is difficult for non-native speakers to decide where there is a collocation or error . Sometimes it can be quite difficult for native speakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I know the phrase "in detail" is correct. But in some online dictionary there is the phrase "in details". I can't find the phrase in my dictionary. Could you please kindly explain if the phrase is a new one?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    As far as I know "in deails" is not a correct expression.

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