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    vendors without licence(s)?

    Very often, I am trying hard to be as pedantic and error-free as possible when it comes to writing. What bugs me a lot is the singular and plural distinction in English.

    For instance, which is/are correct?

    - vendors without licence [I am aware that countable nouns can become uncountable following prepositions; this seems correct as the focus is on whether there is or isn't 'licence']
    - vendors without a licence [this also makes sense as each vendor only needs 1 licence]
    - vendors without licences [this also sounds right as the plurality of 'licence' matches with the plurality of 'vendor' - more than 1 vendor; hence, more than 1 licence]

    Any tips you can share as to how I can decide which is/are the right forms to use for examples as such?

    Many Thanks

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    Re: vendors without licence(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    Very often, I am trying hard to be as pedantic and error-free as possible when it comes to writing. What bugs me a lot is the singular and plural distinction in English.

    For instance, which is/are correct?

    - vendors without licence [I am aware that countable nouns can become uncountable following prepositions; this seems correct as the focus is on whether there is or isn't 'licence']
    - vendors without a licence [this also makes sense as each vendor only needs 1 licence]
    - vendors without licences [this also sounds right as the plurality of 'licence' matches with the plurality of 'vendor' - more than 1 vendor; hence, more than 1 licence]

    Any tips you can share as to how I can decide which is/are the right forms to use for examples as such?

    Many Thanks
    For me, "vendors without licences" is the best. Most people will recognize that multiple vendors have multiple licenses. They don't share one.

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    Re: vendors without licence(s)?

    ​Have you thought about calling them unlicensed vendors?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 14-Nov-2013 at 02:23.

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    Re: vendors without licence(s)?

    Thank you all

    But would you say the others also sound ok in casual situations - e.g. colloquially?

    Thanks

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    Re: vendors without licence(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    Thank you all

    But would you say the others also sound ok in casual situations - e.g. colloquially?

    Thanks
    No. Both emsr and I offered you better uses.

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