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    Question non count nouns and other grammar rules.

    Hi,
    I have an English grammar exam tomorrow, where(in which??) I will have to correct mistakes in sentences. If you could also tell me a rule to remember I'd be very glad!! I wrote a few example sentences below. Please correct as many sentences as you can


    - We' ve bought a lot of gorgeous furniture from ikea, but now we've got to assemble them/it all.

    - Books, which may not be sold in Germany, can nevertheless be obtained via Amazon,com.

    - Climate change is posing a serious thread to the existence of many plant and animal species that we cannot continue to ignore.


    Thanks a lot and best regards,

    Paul

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    Re: non count nouns and other grammar rules.

    "Furniture" is used as a collective noun so use the singular. Remember to capitalise company names. It's "Ikea".

    I bought a lot of furniture. It's all ready to be assembled.
    I bought some furniture and now I have to put it all together.

    In your second sentence, the comma between "Amazon" and "com" should be a full stop.

    In your third sentence, you used "thread" instead of "threat".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: non count nouns and other grammar rules.

    Books may not be sold in Germany? That's what you wrote.

    You need to omit the commas in that sentence.

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    Re: non count nouns and other grammar rules.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Paul:

    I hope that you did well on the test.

    When you get time, you may wish to review the difference between restrictive (defining) and non-restrictive (non-defining) clauses.

    As another member reminded you, your sentence above says that books may not be sold in Germany. Of course, that is not what you meant to say.

    You wanted to tell us that some books may not be sold.

    So you should have written:

    Books that/which may not be sold in Germany can, nevertheless, be obtained via Amazon.com.

    NOTES:

    1. "that/which may not be sold in Germany" is a restrictive/defining clause because it cannot be deleted (dropped) without changing the meaning.
    2. In American English, "that" is usually used for restrictive/defining clauses.
    3. "Which" is preferred in American English for non-restrictive/non-defining clauses.

    a. I have made up an example:

    "My favorite books are Ice Cream is Delicious and Broccoli is Tasty. Those two books, which may not be sold in Germany, can be obtained online."

    As you can see, if one removes "which may not be sold in Germany," the sentence still gives the basic meaning that you meant.

    As you know, commas around a clause (sentence) indicate that the information is extra information -- not essential information.

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