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    Range/Variety Of

    I have a question about the use of uncountable nouns with "variety" and "range":

    1. "The restaurant offers a range of food."
    2. "The store sells a variety of furniture."
    3. "The dog exhibits a range of behavior."

    According to dictionaries, "variety" and "range" mean a group of similar things. So, would using them with uncountable nouns like "food", "furniture", and "behavior" be wrong?

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    Re: Range/Variety Of

    I am not a teacher.


    The first two are perfectly OK.

    The third one doesn't feel quite right to me, although I'm sure it is acceptable to others.

    'Behaviour' can be both a mass noun and a count noun, and since the point of 'range' is that it implies a group of similar things, I'd prefer 'a range of different behaviours'.

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    Re: Range/Variety Of

    3 could be OK if it was completed in some way. By itself it's trivially true, since all dogs exhibit a range of behaviour (assuming they aren't dead). "The dog exhibits a range of behavior unusual for the breed."

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    Re: Range/Variety Of

    How about the related adjective "various"? Could I write the following:


    1. "The restaurant offers various food."
    2. "The store sells various furniture."
    3. "The dog exhibits various behavior."

    as standard English?

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    Re: Range/Variety Of

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    How about the related adjective "various"? Could I write the following:


    1. "The restaurant offers various types/kinds of food."
    2. "The store sells various types/kinds of furniture."
    3. "The dog exhibits various behavior."

    as standard English?
    #3 doesn't work for me.

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