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    about "many communications"

    When I want to say I communicate with people from different areas very often, is it proper to say I have many communications with those people from different areas?
    I'm looking forward to your reply.

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    Re: about "many communications"

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    I believe that you are trying to say that you have "frequent communications" with these people. "frequent" here refers to an event, or events, which occurs over and over. You could say, "I have frequent communications with people from different areas."
    I agree with your alternative, but I don't think I would pluralize "communication".

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    Re: about "many communications"

    I've just visited COCA (Corpus of Contemporary American English), and found:

    'frequent communication' - 23 citations
    'frequent communications' - 1 (and some more here: 13 sentences using frequent communications)


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    Re: about "many communications"

    I wouldn't pluralise "communication" either. I would use "I have/I am in regular communication with ..." perhaps more readily than "frequent communication", although I suppose it's possible for it to be frequent but irregular.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: about "many communications"

    I'm grateful for all of you who gave me suggestions. I have been wondering about a good way to express my idea, and now I get it. Then there's another question: Is it proper to use the collocation of "much communication" or "lots of communication"?

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    Re: about "many communications"

    Quote Originally Posted by chance22 View Post
    I'm grateful for all of you who gave me suggestions. I have been wondering about a good way to express my idea, and now I get it. Then there's another question: Is it proper to use the collocation of "much communication" or "lots of communication"?
    Yes it can be. I was thinking of "a lot of communication". "Lots of ..." is more colloquial.
    "much" is more often used negatively here. "I don't have much communication ..."

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    Re: about "many communications"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes it can be. I was thinking of "a lot of communication". "Lots of ..." is more colloquial.
    "much" is more often used negatively here. "I don't have much communication ..."
    Thank you for the help. Then there is another question. Since "much" is often used negatively, can "a lot of" be used in formal written English, as in academic writing?

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    Re: about "many communications"

    Quote Originally Posted by chance22 View Post
    Thank you for the help. Then there is another question. Since "much" is often used negatively, can "a lot of" be used in formal written English, as in academic writing?
    It depends on a lot of factors. I don't use "a lot of" for academic writing. But I probably wouldn't say "He had much communication ..." Perhaps, "He had a great deal of communication ..."
    It's not a big point.

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    Re: about "many communications"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It depends on a lot of factors. I don't use "a lot of" for academic writing. But I probably wouldn't say "He had much communication ..." Perhaps, "He had a great deal of communication ..."
    It's not a big point.
    Thank you so much!

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    Re: about "many communications"

    You might also consider 'frequent dialogue'.

    Concise Oxford English Dictionary 2008 Oxford University Press:
    dialogue (US also dialog)
    noun conversation between two or more people as a feature of a book, play, or film.
    ■ discussion directed towards exploration of a subject or resolution of a problem.

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