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    #1

    singular or plural

    Which version is correct?

    1) The main point is that people should aim to be all-round to have interesting and healthy life.

    2) The main point is that people should aim to be all-round to have interesting and healthy lives.

    Thank you in advance!


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    Re: singular or plural

    2) The main point is that people should aim to have all-round interesting and healthy lives.

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    #3

    Re: singular or plural

    Wouldn't one also encounter

    The main point is that people should aim at having all-round healthy and interesting lives.
    ?


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    Re: singular or plural

    Hello David!

    Thank you for help!

    Could you also help me to check the following long sentence, it was constructed by me and it seems to me that I could make a mistake somewhere in this sentence:

    To summarize all advantages and disadvantages of nuclear technology implementation it is very important to add that people should not afraid to use new technology in their lives, but at the same time they should not use it in wrong way, otherwise it can cause that new generation refuses from this technology completely.


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    Re: singular or plural

    To summarize, all the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear technology implementation


    it is very important to add

    You start the sentence with 'to summarize' , which signals to the reader that what follows is a summary of the main points of the ideas you have given earlier; but instead, you add another point- 'don't be afraid of it'. So, "To summarize" is misleading, and so a wrong choice of phrase.

    Let's look at the purpose of this sentence in your essay. Does this sentence come somewhere in the main body of your essay, or is part of the conclusion?

    If you can tell me that, we can reconstruct the sentence.
    Last edited by David L.; 11-Jan-2008 at 14:21.


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    Re: singular or plural

    Thank you!
    Last edited by Tvita; 11-Jan-2008 at 20:32.

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