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    exams

    Hi there,

    I don't know whether I should use 'exam' and 'result' in plural in the following sentences.
    Please help



    1. I will be taking the GCS examination(s) in the coming year.

    2. I want to get a good result OR good results in my A-level GCS examinations.

    simon


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    Re: exams

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,

    I don't know whether I should use 'exam' and 'result' in plural in the following sentences.
    Please help

    1. I will be taking the GCS examination(s) in the coming year.

    2. I want to get a good result OR good results in my A-level GCS examinations.

    simon
    I am not familiar with the GCS examination(s) since we don't have them in Canada but it stands to reason that if there is more than one exam it is plural and if there was only one examination it would be singular.

    From your last sentence you seemed to have decided that there is more than one examination so you want to get good results

    I want to get good results in my A-level GCS examinations.


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    Re: exams

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,

    I don't know whether I should use 'exam' and 'result' in plural in the following sentences.
    Please help



    1. I will be taking the GCS examination(s) in the coming year.

    2. I want to get a good result OR good results in my A-level GCS examinations.

    simon
    #1 They are referred to as GCSEs [General Certificate[s] in Secondary Education] - "I will be taking my GCSEs in the coming year".

    If you want to include the word "examination" [which would commonly be shortened to "exams"], "I shall be sitting my GCSE exams later this year". Whether you use the plural or the singular will depend on how many subjects you are taking for GCSE.

    #2 You can say either "result" or "results" - and you would normally say "in my A-levels".

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