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    Default three types of book/books

    Collins says to use a singular noun after 'two/three/ten etc types of':
    There are three types of muscle in the body.
    ...two types of playgroup.

    But I searched the TIME magazine Corpus and found nearly as many plural nouns as singular nouns. How do you native speakers use this structure with nouns?

    Thank you in advance.
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    Default Re: three types of book/books

    I happily use plurals here. Three types of person doesn't sound as good to me as three kinds of people; to me, there is a notion of plurality in the phrase which is not present in your muscle example, where the focus is on tissue, activity, etc, rather than the number.

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