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    Smile scale or scales?

    Hello.
    I'm wondering which sentence is correct.
    (When "scale" means 'a small weighing machine', should it be always plural?)


    1. A scale is a tool that doctors use to measure your weight.

    2. Scales are tools that doctors use to measure your weight.

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    Re: scale or scales?

    I would use a scale for a system to measure smething and scales for the machine.

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    Re: scale or scales?

    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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