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    no ear/s

    A cobra has no ear/ears.

    Can either word be used?

    Thanks.

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    Re: no ear/s

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    A cobra has no ear/ears.

    Can either word be used?

    Thanks.
    A cobra has no ears.

    Generally, we choose the singular or plural depending on how many a person or animal normally has. For example, we (generally) have two legs. A snail has no legs. We have one nose. A jellyfish has no nose.

    So, the pattern would be (please ignore the fact that the following statements are not anatomically correct!):

    A cobra has no ears.
    A cobra has no eyes.
    A cobra has no legs.
    A cobra has no arms.
    A cobra has no lungs.

    A cobra has no nose.
    A cobra has no face.
    A cobra has no heart.
    A cobra has no stomach.
    A cobra has no mouth.

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