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    #11

    Re: Please help to confirm whether it is correct

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    And if you mean machines, say machines. Plant has several meanings, but none of them is machine.
    A plant is the machinery used in an industrial process, e.g. the plant set up on site in a construction project for the production of concrete or the fabrication of steel bars.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #12

    Re: Please help to confirm whether it is correct

    When it refers to an industrial place (e.g. a manufacturing site), it can be countable, but when it refers to machinery, it is usually used as a mass noun. See entries #2 and #2.1 for "plant" as a noun in the following link.
    https://www.lexico.com/definition/plant

    sunnyaykl: are you referring to the quantity of machines involved or to the number (code) of one particular machine?

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    #13

    Re: Please help to confirm whether it is correct

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    When it refers to an industrial place (e.g. a manufacturing site), it can be countable, but when it refers to machinery, it is usually used as a mass noun. See entries #2 and #2.1 for "plant" as a noun in the following link.
    https://www.lexico.com/definition/plant

    sunnyaykl: are you referring to the quantity of machines involved or to the number (code) of one particular machine?
    I mean the quantity of machines.

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    #14

    Re: Please help to confirm whether it is correct

    Quote Originally Posted by sunnyaykl View Post
    I mean the quantity of machines.
    Why did you say plant when you mean machines? A plant is a setup of machines. I suppose different types of machines are involved.
    Last edited by tedmc; 25-Sep-2020 at 09:18.
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    #15

    Re: Please help to confirm whether it is correct

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Why did you say plant when you mean machines? A plant is a setup of machines. I suppose different types of machines are involved.
    I agree. (See post #10.)

    It might be an industry term, but I've never heard it.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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