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    #1

    Red face more than 1 word

    UNbelievable!
    "more than 1 word" ==> google: 315000
    "more than 1 words" ==> google: 456000

    I thought the former is the correct one? How on earth can there be more wrong ones than correct ones? Lots of ppl teach us to try google things to get an idea whether people do actually say this and that.

    thanks

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    Re: more than 1 word

    If you look at the context for the plural, many are foreign and a lot refer to computing, where sometime things are listed as 1 + plural. It is a surprising result, but it shows that googling alone is not sufficient.

    Also, I get the following:
    "more than one word" 15,200,000
    "more than one words" 333,000

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    Re: more than 1 word

    The lots of people (not "ppl") who try to teach you to Google things to find out if people say things are doing you a disservice. Google is great for finding out information (as long as you can separate out the reliable stuff from the rubbish) but if you search it to see how often a few words are put together by anyone anywhere in the world, with those words then making their way onto Google, you will get some very imprecise and unhelpful results.

    For example, I have just Googled "I could of done that" and found 1,310,000 results. To a learner, that would probably suggest that it's used so frequently that it must be right. It's not. It's one of the most irritating errors in the English language. It should be "I could have done that" which, when Googled, gives over 43 million results. However, a learner would have to know that "could have" is also used in order to Google it. If they simply Googled "could of" they would probably believe, from the number of hits, that it's perfectly acceptable.

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    Re: more than 1 word

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    UNbelievable!
    "more than 1 word" ==> google: 315000
    "more than 1 words" ==> google: 456000

    I thought the former is the correct one? How on earth can there be more wrong ones than correct ones? Lots of ppl teach us to try google things to get an idea whether people do actually say this and that.

    thanks
    So the former is correct, right? thanks

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    Re: more than 1 word

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    So the former is correct, right? thanks
    Yes.

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    Re: more than 1 word

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The lots of people (not "ppl") who try to teach you to Google things to find out if people say things are doing you a disservice. Google is great for finding out information (as long as you can separate out the reliable stuff from the rubbish) but if you search it to see how often a few words are put together by anyone anywhere in the world, with those words then making their way onto Google, you will get some very imprecise and unhelpful results.

    For example, I have just Googled "I could of done that" and found 1,310,000 results. To a learner, that would probably suggest that it's used so frequently that it must be right. It's not. It's one of the most irritating errors in the English language. It should be "I could have done that" which, when Googled, gives over 43 million results. However, a learner would have to know that "could have" is also used in order to Google it. If they simply Googled "could of" they would probably believe, from the number of hits, that it's perfectly acceptable.
    Google does search not research.

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