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    antenna and a better reception

    Hi.

    This sentence is from my old notebook but the source and author are not known now.

    He climbed up to the roof to adjust the antennas for a better reception.

    My question is, do I need to use the plural along with plural and singular with singular. As in:

    He climbed up to the roof to adjust the antenna for a better reception.
    He climbed up to the roof to adjust the antenna for better receptions.


    Or perhaps:

    He climbed up to the roof to adjust the antenna/antennas for a better reception/better receptions. Any of the parallels is okay.

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    #2

    Re: antenna and a better reception

    The plural of antenna is antennae

    Whether to use singular or plural depends on how many antennae you have. But reception is an uncountable noun.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: antenna and a better reception

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    The plural for antenna is antennae.
    That's true but the vast majority of native speakers use "antennas", particularly when talking about the TV reception equipment on the roof. "Antennae" is more likely to be used when talking about insects' body parts.

    In the UK, most people refer to their TV aerial.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: antenna and a better reception

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    That's true but the vast majority of native speakers use "antennas", particularly when talking about the TV reception equipment on the roof. "Antennae" is more likely to be used when talking about insects' body parts.

    In the UK, most people refer to their TV aerial.
    I appreciate your help. Which one do you think is the best, emsr2d2?

    1) He climbed up to the roof to adjust the antennas for a better reception.
    2) He climbed up to the roof to adjust the antennas for better receptions.
    3) He climbed up to the roof to adjust the antenna for a better reception.
    4) He climbed up to the roof to adjust the antenna for better receptions.
    Last edited by Silverobama; 01-Oct-2020 at 08:34. Reason: number the sentences

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    Re: antenna and a better reception

    Did you not notice that Ted said that reception is uncountable?

    I'd say He climbed onto the roof to adjust the aerial for better reception.

    (Always number your sentences, please.)

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    Re: antenna and a better reception

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Did you not notice that Ted said that reception is uncountable?

    I'd say He climbed onto the roof to adjust the aerial for better reception.

    (Always number your sentences, please.)
    I didn't notice it, sorry. Now I see it.

    Thanks a lot for your sentence, Rover. If I want to choose from my sentence, I wonder if the following two are okay.

    1) He climbed up to the roof to adjust the antennas for a better reception.
    3) He climbed up to the roof to adjust the antenna for a better reception.

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    Re: antenna and a better reception

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    I didn't notice it, sorry. Now I see it.

    If I want to choose from my sentence, I wonder if the following two are okay.
    NO

    Ted pointed out that 'reception is uncountable.

    Rover reminded you of this.
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    Re: antenna and a better reception

    Try:

    He climbed to the roof to adjust the antenna for better reception.

    Use "antennas" if he's going to work on more than one.

    You will notice that I left something out of your sentence.
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    #9

    Re: antenna and a better reception

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    But reception is an uncountable noun.
    Not always. It's perfectly fine to use a better reception. I think it works well here, for instance.

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    Re: antenna and a better reception

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Not always. It's perfectly fine to use a better reception. I think it works well here, for instance.
    Not for me. In American English only better reception is possible.
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