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    a lot of noise/noises

    There is a lot of noise outside now.
    There are a lot of noises outside now.

    Is the second sentence correct too? If it is, then what's the difference between them?


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    Re: a lot of noise/noises

    I searched the google books, and found 118,000 results for 'there was a lot of noise' and only 128 results for 'there were a lot of noises'. But I don't know if the latter is correct or not and what is the difference between them.

    Hoping to get help from you. Thank you again.

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    Re: a lot of noise/noises

    You are thinking of different types of noises. Sirens. Dogs barking. Trash cans being emptied.

    However, collectively, they are all "noise" so the first is more natural.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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