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    Grain or grains

    Hello, could anyone please tell me if it is correct both forms or just 'Grain'?

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    Re: Grain or grains

    Hi,

    grain - WordReference.com Dictionary of English. I tried the plural and got redirected to the singular.

    However, Cereal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, where it is used in the plural.

    So I would guess that the singular is used for the plant, and the plural when you refer to the fruit/seed of the plant.

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    Re: Grain or grains

    It depends on context.

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    Re: Grain or grains

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It depends on context.
    Yes, of course. How silly of me!
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    Re: Grain or grains

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Yes, of course. How silly of me!
    Yours was a good answer. it wasn't at all silly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yours was a good answer. it wasn't at all silly.

    Thanks. But my forgetfulness of context was.
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    Re: Grain or grains

    In the context,' grain' was refering to cereals as a whole. something like that : '' in pots were kept grain/grains, as well as liquids''. Some time ago I encountered a similar exemple regarding the word 'root (s)' .Both forms were considered correct and I would like to know if my exemple is much the same .
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    Re: Grain or grains

    Quote Originally Posted by florin1990 View Post
    In the context,' grain' was refering to cereals as a whole. something like that : '' in pots were kept grain/grains, as well as liquids''. Some time ago I encountered a similar exeample regarding the word 'root (s)' .Both forms were considered correct and I would like to know if my exemple is much the same.
    In those contexts, I'd expect 'grain' (uncountable) and 'roots' (plural). 'Grains' is possible if we are emphasising that various different kinds (wheat, bearley, rye, etc) are being kept. I don't see a context for 'root'. As far as I know, 'root' is always countable.

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