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    500 kinds of hammer/ hammers

    Dear Teachers

    In the following setnence, should I use "hammer" or "hammers"? Or both correct, but different meanings? Please advise.

    "It was possible to buy five hundred kinds of hammer/hammers in Britain."


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    Re: 500 kinds of hammer/ hammers

    Technically, it should be "hammer", but you will see and hear both.

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    #3

    Re: 500 kinds of hammer/ hammers

    What??
    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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    Re: 500 kinds of hammer/ hammers

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Technically, it should be "hammer", but you will see and hear both.
    Welcome back Mike - long time no see . I'm relieved to know the singular gets your vote. I thought it was a BE/AE thing.


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    Re: 500 kinds of hammer/ hammers

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Welcome back Mike - long time no see . I'm relieved to know the singular gets your vote. I thought it was a BE/AE thing.


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    I think it is a BE/AE thing. I've never heard "hammer" instead of "hammers". My first thought was that it might be an east Coast, west coast thing but friends on the east coast are not familiar with that usage either.

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    Re: 500 kinds of hammer/ hammers

    This is one of the differences I was entirely unaware of.

    Only the plural works in the US (assuming it's a countable noun).
    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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    Re: 500 kinds of hammer/ hammers

    People can be dumber than a bag of hammers or a box of rocks.

    "57 different kinds of cheese" I can see. "23 different kinds of car" just sound wrong.

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    #8

    Re: 500 kinds of hammer/ hammers

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Only the plural works in the US (assuming it's a countable noun).
    In BrE, it can be both- a countable noun or a single theoretical tool type. I'll go heretical and say that, unlike BobK, I am more likely to use the plural.

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    #9

    Re: 500 kinds of hammer/ hammers

    I'm not a zealot, just old-fashioned.

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    #10

    Re: 500 kinds of hammer/ hammers

    Thanks for the welcome. The word "kinds" is already plural. Hammer is the prototype and there is no need to pluralize it. But it happens a lot.

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