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    's' behind particular noun

    I have been learning English for years and feeling ashamed of still not able to manage in whether I should put 's' behind particular noun even though I know the rules that :

    putting 's' for countable nouns only

    as I still find a lot of nouns which I believe they are uncountable but the writers still put 's' behind.

    eg 'reference'
    reference could be books, verbal advice, scene, hearsay

    But I still see the writer put 's' for 'reference'

    others words, eg troubles, rumour, sounds, noises, winds... those are the nouns I believe are uncountable.

    Any clue to solve this problem:

    ju

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    Re: 's' behind particular noun

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    I have been learning English for years and feeling ashamed of still not able to manage in whether I should put 's' behind particular noun (You mean "after" ofcourse, not "behind") even though I know the rules that :

    putting 's' for countable nouns only

    as I still find a lot of nouns which I believe they are uncountable but the writers still put 's' behind.

    eg 'reference'
    reference could be books, verbal advice, scene, hearsay
    .................................................. ...................

    No need to be ashamed. Do you know that a noun can be both countable and uncountable? It might have different meanings, according to which, the noun could be countable or uncountable.
    Please check "reference" in a good dictionary. Trust your dictionary as much as your grammar book.
    You may also take a look at the thread named "accumulation".
    Last edited by Khosro; 01-Feb-2011 at 09:16.

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