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  1. Newbie
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    plural adjectives?

    I have doubts about the best way to express a "quality of many" in english. The following sentence start sounds good to me:
    "Among human abilities..."

    But, what if I want to start the sentence referring to one ability that belongs to all humans. Would it be OK to put like this?:
    "Humans ability to..."
    I know I could just say: "Human ability to..." but I'd like to know if it is correct to say it as the previous sentence.

    Likewise, I have a list of symptoms for a sickness and every symptom has a scale of "seriousness". So if I want to say that there are various symptoms with a variety of expression, it would be OK for me to say: Symptoms severity?

    Many thanks for your help

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    Re: plural adjectives?

    The human ability to -- says that this is an ability shared by [all] humans.

    I would use "the severity of the symptoms" rather than "symptom severity."

    Does this answer your questions?

    [a writer, not a teacher]

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