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    uncountable plural

    There are two pencils on the table. one is shorter than the other.

    Is this sentence decribing the pencils correct?

    should lenght be plural or not. lenght is something that is uncountable right.
    but in this case. there are two different length so it has to be countable.
    The lenghts of the pencils are different
    The lenght of the pencils are different

    What if I one pencil is on the left and one is on the right and I connect the sentence with "and"
    which sentence is correct? should pencil be singular or plural?
    The pencils are different in the left and right
    The pencil is different in the left and right



    how about "taste". taste is also uncoutable but in this case, there are two different tastes>..
    The taste of green apples and red apples are different
    The tastes of green apples and red apples are different

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    Re: uncountable plural

    [1] There are two pencils on the table. One is shorter than the other.

    [2] The length of (each of) the pencils is different.
    [3] The lengths of (both of) the pencils are different.

    [4] The pencil on the right is different than/from the pencil on the left.
    [5] The pencil on the right is different in length than/from the pencil on the left.
    [6] The pencil on the right has a different length than the pencil on the left.

    [7] The taste (of green apples and red apples) is different.

    Does that help?

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