Student or Learner
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?
Have you thought about calling them unlicensed vendors?
Last edited by Rover_KE; 14-Nov-2013 at 01:23.
Thank you all
But would you say the others also sound ok in casual situations - e.g. colloquially?