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    #1

    near the mountain/mountains?

    Hello, teachers:
    Could you please tell me which is right and idiomatic?
    1. The school is near the mountains.
    2.The school is near the mountain.

    I am unclear the difference.
    May I have your clarification?
    Thanks a lot!


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    Re: near the mountain/mountains?

    Quote Originally Posted by WUKEN View Post
    Hello, teachers:
    Could you please tell me which is right and idiomatic?
    1. The school is near the mountains.
    2.The school is near the mountain.

    I am unclear the difference.
    May I have your clarification?
    Thanks a lot!
    Both are fine. 'mountains' suggests a chain or series of mountains that you can see at Mecsek, for example.

    MEcsek, the place where I live:
    http://www.szallas.net/manfa/obvolgy.jpg
    http://www.kovacsszenaja-apartman.hu.../zsongorko.jpg

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    #3

    Re: near the mountain/mountains?

    Quote Originally Posted by WUKEN View Post
    Hello, teachers:
    Could you please tell me which is right and idiomatic?
    1. The school is near the mountains.
    2.The school is near the mountain.

    I am unclear the difference.
    May I have your clarification?
    Thanks a lot!
    Sentence #1 would normally be said when you were referring to a school located near the mountains (possibly not in the mountains).
    Sentence #2 would be used when referring to a school located near a particular mountain, whether near the mountains or in the mountains.

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