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    One question, please

    Hello everybody
    Q: What do I use with uncountable nouns (is or are) or both of them, like furniture?

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    Re: One question, please

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    Hello everybody
    Q: What do I use with uncountable nouns (is or are) or both of them, like furniture?
    "The furniture is new", not "are".

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    Re: One question, please

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "The furniture is new", not "are".
    Thank you very much, but not all of the uncountable word used with is, am l right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by in use View Post
    Thank you very much, but not all of the uncountable word used with is, am l right?
    If you give some examples, I'll tell you whether or not they are.

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    Re: One question, please

    Quote Originally Posted by in use View Post
    Thank you very much, but not all of the uncountable word used with is, am l right?
    I am not a teacher!

    An uncountable noun always goes with singular verbs! But be aware that a Noun can be either uncountable or countable one, it depends on the actual context. Here is an example, let's take the word furniture and you want to describe different types of furniture, Vietnamese furniture, Japanese furniture, .. etc. You can say Vietnamese and Japanese furnitures differ from each other.

    (If I am wrong please let me know, thanks.)

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    Re: One question, please

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    I am not a teacher!

    An uncountable noun always goes with singular verbs! But be aware that a Noun can be either uncountable or countable one, it depends on the actual context. Here is an example, let's take the word furniture and you want to describe different types of furniture, Vietnamese furniture, Japanese furniture, .. etc. You can say Vietnamese and Japanese furnitures differ from each other.

    (If I am wrong please let me know, thanks.)
    "Furniture" is always uncountable, so your example is not correct, it should be "...Vietnamese and Japanese furniture..."

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    Re: One question, please

    Hey, I'm not a teacher, but here's what I know.
    All of the examples are uncountable:

    {rice, bread, advice, knowledge, news, information, hair, money, marketing, luggage, flu, cancer, maths, economics, athletics, genetics, linguistics, politics, mechanics, aerobics, rabies}
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    is

    The same rule works with uncountable use of: society, lunch, work, life, trust, evil or time (can be used as countable though - but that's a different story).

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    Re: One question, please

    Thank you very much

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    #9

    Re: One question, please

    What about police or cattle?

    The cattle is grazing in the field? I'd use are.

    The police are following up leads.
    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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    Re: One question, please

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    What about police or cattle?

    The cattle is grazing in the field? I'd use are.

    The police are following up leads.
    Yes, so would I.

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