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    Much/Many/Great pains has/have been taken to preserve secrecy.

    Great pains has/have been taken to preserve secrecy.
    (1)Between "has and have", which should I choose? Is "great pains" a plural noun or a singular noun?
    (2)I looked the word pains in the Cambridge Dictionary, it says the word "pains" is a plural noun. However, my grammar book(劉毅文法寶典/Treasury of English Grammar) says it can be both a singular and plural noun. So, I am now really wondering about this.
    (3)If I want to change the adjective great to another word(much or many), which is correct?
    Much pains has/have been taken to preserve secrecy.
    Many pains has/have been taken to preserve secrecy.

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    Re: Much/Many/Great pains has/have been taken to preserve secrecy.

    The correct sentence is "Great pains have been taken to preserve secrecy." You can't replace "great" with "much" or "many".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 26-Jan-2016 at 16:56. Reason: Fixed minor typo
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    Re: Much/Many/Great pains has/have been taken to preserve secrecy.

    But you could also go to great lengths to preserve secrecy.

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