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    behaviours

    Dictionaries always say behaviour is an uncoutable noun. But we sometimes see the plural of it. Does behaviours mean 'different kinds of behaviour'? And can we use the singular form in place of the plural?

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    Re: behaviours

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Dictionaries always say behaviour is an uncountable noun.
    They don't. Many dictionaries note a countable form and/or add a note, for example:
    "Get It Right!: behavior


    Behavior is usually an uncountable noun, so it is rarely used in the plural:
    Parents should be able to prevent their children’s crimes or bad behaviors.
    Parents should be able to prevent their children’s crimes or bad behavior.
    The media often encourage violence and aggressive behaviors.
    The media often encourage violence and aggressive behavior.

    The plural form “behaviors” is a specialized term used in fields such as psychology, social science, and education. This use is much less common than the uncountable use:



    In this chapter, we discuss strategies for dealing with the problem behaviors of young children."



    behavior - definition. American English definition of behavior by Macmillan Dictionary
    Last edited by 5jj; 10-May-2012 at 10:30. Reason: typo

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