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    Maluues is offline Junior Member
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    Information

    Good afternoon.

    I am really unsure about the use of the following word: information.

    I know that there doesn't exist a plural of information: there never use information"s".

    Actually there is a plural of information in Germany which is handled so as well.

    We say: This information is unnecessary.
    These informations are unnecessary.

    But how am I supposed to describe the use of a lot of information.

    Can I say: These information is unnecessary or would I rather say: These information are unnecessary.


    Best regards Maluues

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    thod00 is offline Member
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    Re: Information

    Can I say: These information is unnecessary or would I rather say: These information are unnecessary.
    Both are wrong. You cannot use 'these' because that would imply plurality.

    English discriminates between discrete and continuous quantities. You could have less water, but fewer glasses. Quantities of water are continuous, you can have any amount. By contrast glasses are not, you can only have whole numbers of them. If you added water to a glass, you have more water. You dont have more waters because there is no such thing as 'a' water.

    So returning to your topic of information, we can ask if there is any such thing as 'an' information. English regards information as a continuum. This means you would have less information and not fewer informations.

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