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    a noticeable effect or noticeable effects?

    which one is better, considering it in a scientific paper:

    Definitely, surface topography has a noticeable effect on seismic ground motion.

    Definitely, surface topography has noticeable effects on seismic ground motion.

    we know that topography scatters seismic waves, as a result, amplifications or de-amplifications occur.

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    #2

    Re: a noticeable effect or noticeable effects?

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    Definitely, surface topography has noticeable effects on seismic ground motion.
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    Could you list some of these noticeable effects?
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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    Re: a noticeable effect or noticeable effects?

    Quote Originally Posted by MohammadKatebi View Post
    Which one is better, considering it will be/is in a scientific paper?

    Definitely, surface topography has a noticeable effect on seismic ground motion.

    Definitely, surface topography has noticeable effects on seismic ground motion.

    We know that topography scatters seismic waves and that, as a result, amplifications or de-amplifications occur.
    Please see my corrections above. Remember to start every sentence with a capital letter. Whether "a noticeable effect" or "noticeable effects" is correct depends on whether there is just one effect or more than one.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a noticeable effect or noticeable effects?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Please see my corrections above. Remember to start every sentence with a capital letter. Whether "a noticeable effect" or "noticeable effects" is correct depends on whether there is just one effect or more than one.
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    "Effect" can also be uncountable. http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...glish/effect_1
    Do you think using a noncount "effect" here would be a good idea?
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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    Re: a noticeable effect or noticeable effects?

    If you are suggesting that "... has noticeable effect on ..." could be used, then no.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a noticeable effect or noticeable effects?

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    Then I guess 'effect' can only act as a noncount noun when the effect is unimportant, small, or perhaps not at all.
    Am I wrong?
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    Re: a noticeable effect or noticeable effects?

    I don't agree. It's used in an uncountable way in phrases like "cause and effect". It can also be used that way in "Your talk had little effect on me". Conversely, "Your talk had great effect".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a noticeable effect or noticeable effects?

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    Then could you explain why 'effect' cannot be used in the OP's sentence please?
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    Re: a noticeable effect or noticeable effects?

    Because the OP is clearly talking about a specific number of effects. We simply don't know (yet) if there is just one effect or a whole list of them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a noticeable effect or noticeable effects?

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    Oh, sorry. I stated my question incorrectly. What I meant was:
    Could you explain why 'effect' cannot be used as an uncountable noun in the OP's sentence please?
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