Yes, "urgency" can be used as a singular. What sentence did you have in mind"
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Can the word "urgency" be used in a singular way? That is can it be said "an urgency"? Why do I find different answers in different dictionaries?
The word for the blank is "of". Then is "a" also right for the blank? I've looked it up in both Oxford and Longman dictionaries. They only show that "urgency" is an uncountable word.
For me, the only two words which fit in the gap are "of" and "with".
The whole sentence is a bit messy. It doesn't really need "need to" and "make the relative laws with the rapid growth of online shopping" makes no sense to me.
I think the sentence actually means "We urgently need to make/pass relevant laws due to the rapid growth of online shopping."
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
It may be urgent that we do something. That makes the action an urgency. It doesn't make the fact or opinion that we urgently need to do it an urgency. That remains a simple fact (or opinion).
My opinion: "Removing this girl's appendix is an urgency." Correct.
My opinion [that removing this girl's appendix is an urgency] is not an urgency.
Last edited by Raymott; 14-Mar-2014 at 04:01.