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    singular vs plural

    Student may pick three books from a list of fifty as their outside reading material.
    I wonder whether I could just say outside readings material instead.

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    Student may pick three books from a list of fifty as their outside reading material.
    I wonder whether I could just say outside readings material instead.
    maybe you can use "outside reading materials"

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    Re: singular vs plural

    Reading functions as an adjective. No -s.

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    Re: singular vs plural

    Thanks, Casiopea.

    Should it be 'reading material' or 'reading materials' as suggested by
    'playagain' ?

    Thanks in advance.

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    I've heard both. What have you found?

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    Re: singular vs plural

    Hi Casiopea

    Can I assume both are fine?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Student may pick three books from a list of fifty as their outside reading material.
    I wonder whether I could just say outside readings material instead.
    It depends in your sentences.

    Maybe you could use "outside reading materials" because it's "three books"
    3=plural... it's just my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Hi Casiopea

    Can I assume both are fine?

    Thanks.
    The Standard is non-count material, but some speakers these days are using it as a count noun, materials. Given your context, though, I'd use non-count.

    All the best,

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    Thanks, Casiopea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    The Standard is non-count material, but some speakers these days are using it as a count noun, materials. Given your context, though, I'd use non-count.

    All the best,
    Kindly explain to me what did you say? How about my suggestions above? Are they correct?

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