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    plural noun of plural noun

    the uses of devices: does it mean there are many devices and each has more then one use?


    the use of devices: does it mean there are many devices and each has one use only?

    I have posted this before, but no one answered me.

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    Re: plural noun of plural noun

    The use of (these) devices - all of the devices work together for one use or purpose. For example,

    A:What is the use of all these devices?
    B:They help us put out fires.

    Uses of devices - each device has a use of some kind. For example,

    A: what is the use of these devices?
    B: This one tells us the temperature. This one pumps water. This one ...

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    Re: plural noun of plural noun

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    the uses of devices: does it mean there are many devices and each has more then one use?


    the use of devices: does it mean there are many devices and each has one use only?

    I have posted this before, but no one answered me.

    Thank you.
    "Devices" could be used for both meanings depending on how you use the word. But you would have to be clear with additional description. You should include some examples in context in your posts which is possibly one reason why no one responded to your previous post. So, for homework, submit some complete sentences with "devices".

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    Re: plural noun of plural noun

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    "Devices" could be used for both meanings depending on how you use the word. But you would have to be clear with additional description. You should include some examples in context in your posts which is possibly one reason why no one responded to your previous post. So, for homework, submit some complete sentences with "devices".
    OK, this is my homework, please run through it.

    1. Do they mean the same?
    (a)My production manager said he wanted to leverage the use of the production devices.
    (b)My production manager said he wanted to leverage the uses of the production devices

    2. Do they have the same meaning?
    (a)The use of the sewing machines revolutionized the textuke industry.
    (b)The uses of the sewing machines revolutionized the textuke industry.

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    Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to the Chinese.
    Last edited by panicmonger; 23-Sep-2010 at 14:30.

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    Re: plural noun of plural noun

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    OK, this is my homework, please run through it.

    1. Do they mean the same?
    (a)My production manager said he wanted to leverage the use of the production devices.
    (b)My production manager said he wanted to leverage the uses of the production devices

    2. Do they have the same meaning?
    (a)The use of the sewing machines revolutionized the textuke industry.
    (b)The uses of the sewing machines revolutionized the textuke industry.

    Thank you so much.
    Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to the Chinese.
    "...to leverage the use of the production devices." What does this mean, specifically, "leverage"?
    What is "textuke"?
    "The use of sewing machines revolutionised the textile industry." This is a true statement. No article before "sewing machines".

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    Re: plural noun of plural noun

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    OK, this is my homework, please run through it.

    1. Do they mean the same?
    (a)My production manager said he wanted to leverage the use of the production devices.
    (b)My production manager said he wanted to leverage the uses of the production devices

    2. Do they have the same meaning?
    (a)The use of the sewing machines revolutionized the textuke industry.
    (b)The uses of the sewing machines revolutionized the textuke industry.

    Thank you so much.
    Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to the Chinese.
    1. My inference is that (a) and (b) have the same meaning as stated. The key words here are, of course, "use/uses". In (a) "use" is used in a general sense to imply that the PM wants to increase the effectiveness of the devices, possibly for additional applications. The same is true in (b) except that the speaker is being more explicit in suggesting the possibility of more uses of the devices.

    2. I would offer the same comments for #2.

    I hope this helps.

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