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    #1

    Thumbs up discussion or discussions

    I have been confused by the use of discussion for a long time, whether in the singular or plural form?

    Can I say:

    1, I am involved in discussions with Jack...
    2, We had a good discussion, or We have good discussion, or we have good discussions.

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    #2

    Re: discussion or discussions

    The word discussion is just like any other noun:
    1, I am involved in discussions with Jack...
    This means you are having more than one discussion with Jack over a period of time.

    2, We had a good discussion, or We have good discussion, or we have good discussions.
    a. We had a good discussion. = We had one discussion, and it was good.
    b. We have good discussion. This is ungrammatical.
    c. We have good discussions. = We have good discussions on a regular basis (simple present = habitual action), thus more than one discussion in total.

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    #3

    Re: discussion or discussions

    Thanks,mayita1usa. You reply is really appreciated.

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