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    spot-fixing

    The trio face charges of spot-fixing during Pakistan's tour of England last year in a scandal that rocked the sport.

    What does it mean of 'spot-fixing' & 'rocked the spot' in the above sentence?

    I hope you guys were having fun in the party.
    • Do 'guys' stand for male and female?
    • Should I put 's' for guy if there is more than one person?

    There is some water on the floor.
    There are some water on the floor.

    Since 'water' is uncountable, shall I put is behind there?

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    Re: spot-fixing

    Spot-fixing is a way of cheating when betting- you can bet on events in a game, like when the bowler makes a mistake, so if you pay the bowler to make a mistake at a certain time, you can bet on this and win. In the cricket tour, it is alleged that bowlers were deliberately making mistakes at certain points in the game. It caused a huge scandal and undermined people's faith in the integrity of the game, which iis what rocked the sport means.

    Guys can be male and female nowadays; in the past, the word tended to refer to males only. It's a countable noun, so use -s for more than one.

    Use is.

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    Re: spot-fixing

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Spot-fixing is a way of cheating when betting- you can bet on events in a game, like when the bowler makes a mistake, so if you pay the bowler to make a mistake at a certain time, you can bet on this and win. In the cricket tour, it is alleged that bowlers were deliberately making mistakes at certain points in the game. It caused a huge scandal and undermined people's faith in the integrity of the game, which iis what rocked the sport means.

    Guys can be male and female nowadays; in the past, the word tended to refer to males only. It's a countable noun, so use -s for more than one.

    Use is.
    Thanks, Tdol.

    1) I am still confused how can I tell whether the word is countable or uncountable. Is reading more the only way we can tell?

    2) Shall I put is/has/was behind all uncountable noun?

    3) I heard a Western little girl talking about her dirts from her nose. May I know how to spell the word. My apology for causing any unpleasant feelings.

    4) By the way, shall I put 's' for the word 'feelings' always. Is yes, it must be uncountable noun which must be followed by is/was, am I right?

    Tks / ju

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    Re: spot-fixing

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    1) I am still confused how can I tell whether the a word is countable or uncountable. Is reading more the only way we can tell?

    Basically, yes. Although many dictionaries will tell you whether a noun is normally (un)countable, most nouns often classified as uncountable can function as countables in certain contexts.

    2) Shall I put is/has/was behind all uncountable nouns? The singular form of a verb should be used with an uncountable noun. It's not a good idea to say 'behind'; because verbs can go in front of nouns, most commonly in questions: "Is water free?"

    3) I heard a Western little girl talking about her dirts from her nose. May I know how to spell the word. This little girl was not speaking standard English.

    4) By the way, shall I put 's' for the word 'feelings' always. Is yes, it must be uncountable noun which must be followed by is/was, am I right? 'Feeling' can be used as a countable or uncountable noun.
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    Re: spot-fixing

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Spot-fixing is a way of cheating when betting- you can bet on events in a game, like when the bowler makes a mistake, so if you pay the bowler to make a mistake at a certain time, you can bet on this and win. In the cricket tour, it is alleged that bowlers were deliberately making mistakes at certain points in the game. It caused a huge scandal and undermined people's faith in the integrity of the game, which iis what rocked the sport means.

    ...
    ... sort of.

    In the case of this incident of fixing, the bet was not on the bowler making that particular mistake (bowling a 'no-ball') at a certain time; but the fixers made sure that he would bowl a no-ball in a certain over and then bet on the highest score coming in that over (=group of six balls bowled from one end by one bowler). As no-balls incur various penalties (one possibility being a free hit from which the batsman can score with no risk to his own wicket (=batting 'life'), and all no-balls extend the number of balls (each of which can be scored from) to 7 or more, an intentional no-ball makes it more likely that the over it occurs in will be a high-scoring one.

    Of course, anyone can bet on anything. But a bookie would be rightly dubious about someone who went to a betting shop and said anything as blatant as '1 million rupis on X to bowl a no-ball in the Nth over'.

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