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    culture

    Do these sound equally natural?

    Most tourists don't understand the cultures of the countries they are visiting.
    Most tourists don't understand the culture of the countries they are visiting.


    And if it were 'they visit' instead of 'they are visiting', what would be the difference in meaning?

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    Re: culture

    There wouldn't be much difference between "they visit" and "they are visiting".

    I would use "culture" because, as a general rule, a country only has one culture. I don't mean to say that many countries aren't multi-cultural, of course they are, but most countries have, for example, one generally accepted standard of dress, or of speaking to strangers, or how much children are seen and heard. There are plenty of other examples of a country's culture.
    I would find "the cultures of the countries" somewhat unnatural.

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    Re: culture

    So even though it's 'countries' here, it doesn't have to correspond to the plural form?

    There wouldn't be much difference between "they visit" and "they are visiting".

    If any, what would be the difference?

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    Re: culture

    The singular sounds better to me. I would interpret the plural as referring to multiple cultures in a single country rather than one for each country.

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