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    Two packets of cigarettes or two packet of cigarettes or two packets of cigarette.

    Which one of the following sentences is correct? I don't understand.
    1. Two packets of cigarettes.
    2. Two packet of cigarettes.
    3. Two packets of cigarette.

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    Re: Two packets of cigarettes or two packet of cigarettes or two packets of cigarette

    They are phrases - not sentences.

    Think about it again. Consider whether there is one packet or more and whether each packet contains one or more cigarettes.

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    Re: Two packets of cigarettes or two packet of cigarettes or two packets of cigarette

    1- you have plural packets containing plural cigarettes.

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    Re: Two packets of cigarettes or two packet of cigarettes or two packets of cigarette

    How should I say? When there is one cigarette in the packet.
    * A packet of cigarette or a packet of a cigarette.
    Which one should I say?

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    Re: Two packets of cigarettes or two packet of cigarettes or two packets of cigarette

    You can't buy a packet which only contains one cigarette so there is no phrase for it. You might have bought a packet of (20) cigarettes but now there is only one cigarette left in it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Two packets of cigarettes or two packet of cigarettes or two packets of cigarette

    Quote Originally Posted by arjitsharma View Post
    Which one should I say?
    Neither- you have a packet with one cigarette left.

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    Re: Two packets of cigarettes or two packet of cigarettes or two packets of cigarette

    So, can I say "two packets of cigarettes"?

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    Re: Two packets of cigarettes or two packet of cigarettes or two packets of cigarette

    If you have 2x20 cigarettes:

    http://l7.alamy.com/zooms/9d97c8ebfd...und-fw1tnr.jpg

    You can also use it if you have started smoking the cigarettes, but you cannot use it for one box with two cigarettes.

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