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    Is "All the staff will have to wear uniform." incorrect?

    I have learned that the word 'staff' has the meanings of both singular and plural, and 'uniform' is able to be both countable and uncountable.
    I heard a sentence by chance: "All the staff will have to wear uniforms." and I was just wondering if "All the staff will have to wear uniform." is incorrect. Is that incorrect?
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    Re: Is "All the staff will have to wear uniform." incorrect?

    "Uniforms" is correct.

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    Re: Is "All the staff will have to wear uniform." incorrect?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Uniforms" is correct.
    Thanks :)
    Is that because of 'all' ?
    How about 'The staff will have to wear uniform.'?

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    Re: Is "All the staff will have to wear uniform." incorrect?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Uniforms" is correct.
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    Actually, SoothingDave didn't say if "uniform" is incorrect.
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    Re: Is "All the staff will have to wear uniform." incorrect?

    "Uniform" is incorrect.

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    Re: Is "All the staff will have to wear uniform." incorrect?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Uniform" is incorrect.
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    Could you please explain why that is? According to Oxford, "uniform" can be countable or uncountable.
    Here's an example, also from Oxford: Do you have to wear uniform? <- "Uniform" is uncountable.
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...rm_1?q=uniform
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    Re: Is "All the staff will have to wear uniform." incorrect?

    Do you have to wear uniform?
    That is incorrect, at least in AmE.

    An other example given "soldiers in uniform" I agree with. But I would never hear or say "the workers all have to wear uniform."

    I have to wear a uniform. We have to wear uniforms.

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    Re: Is "All the staff will have to wear uniform." incorrect?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    An other example given "soldiers in uniform" I agree with.
    Thanks again, SoothingDave. By the way, I don't want to be viewed as captious, but I think you made a typo here. Shouldn't it be "another", instead?

    On another note, I'd like to ask you one more favor. I myself find American English to be highly multifarious, and I also have trouble finding enough books that can be considered standard for AmE. Therefore, I used to think that the language lacked a definite standard and perceived it as rather "loosey-goosey". Until today, I have never thought that the phrase "to wear uniform" could possibly sound wrong in America. All in all, could you please recommend some books or sources that I can consult to know what would sound right in AmE, like the ones you've studied for example? I've found plenty of sources for BrE, but only a few for AmE.

    Thank you very much.
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    Re: Is "All the staff will have to wear uniform." incorrect?

    I didn't learn English from a book. You are correct that American English is varied and constantly changing. Words and phrases in use by one culture or subset of people (say teenagers) will not be the same as those used by another.

    Reading newspapers and news websites would be your best bet for knowing what is "standard" for American English.

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    Re: Is "All the staff will have to wear uniform." incorrect?

    So, it is not common to use 'uniform' as a uncountable noun in AmE, but 'uniform' can be uncountable in some cases and the usage is not perceived as a problem in BrE, huh?
    I was Just wondering~!

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