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    layer or layers?

    I came across such a phrase in a textbook: the top and the second layer of the skin.

    But I think the correct form is: the top and the second layers of the skin.

    Am I right? And what about "the top and second layer"?

    I'll appreciate if any native speaker tells me about it.

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    Re: layer or layers?

    Quote Originally Posted by John Ting View Post
    I came across such a phrase in a textbook: the top and the second layer of the skin.

    But I think the correct form is: the top and the second layers of the skin.

    Am I right? And what about "the top and second layer"?

    I'll appreciate if any native speaker tells me about it.
    the top of the second layer

    1st layer
    2nd layer
    3rd layer
    and so on.

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    Re: layer or layers?

    Quote Originally Posted by John Ting View Post
    I came across such a phrase in a textbook: the top and the second layer of the skin.
    But I think the correct form is: the top and the second layers of the skin.
    Am I right? And what about "the top and second layer"?
    I'll appreciate if any native speaker tells me about it.
    I think both are acceptable.
    The top and the second layers of the skin presents no problems. Plural.

    The top and the second layer of the skin could be interpreted as: the top (( layer) of the skin) and the second layer of the skin.

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