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    I was wondering which of the following sounds more natural when trying to describe features of a product AND WHY.

    (1) Computers that come with keyboards; or
    (2) Computers that come with a keyboard

    AND

    (1) Computers with broken screens; or
    (2) Computers with a broken screen

    Thank you so much

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I was wondering which of the following sounds more natural when trying to describe features of a product AND WHY.

    (1) Computers that come with keyboards; or
    (2) Computers that come with a keyboard more natural

    AND

    (1) Computers with broken screens; or
    (2) Computers with a broken screen more natural

    Thank you so much
    It's a normal thing to get a computer with one keyboard, or find a laptop with one broken screen (since laptops are equipped with one screen only).
    In the sentences above, you're talking about computers, and not keyboards or broken screens. That is why I feel that using a singular noun following computers sounds more natural to me.

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    I agree with Engee30. You could use either one but the most natural sounding one would depend on the specific context.

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    Default Re: Plural use of nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I was wondering which of the following sounds more natural when trying to describe features of a product AND WHY.

    (1) Computers that come with keyboards; or
    (2) Computers that come with a keyboard

    AND

    (1) Computers with broken screens; or
    (2) Computers with a broken screen

    Thank you so much
    I'd use (1) because it's more accurate, since we're talking about multiple computers and keyboards, but you can use either, because they both are correct standard English, sound natural, and mean the same thing.

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