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    Is muscle plural or singular?

    Is muscle plural or singular?

    After sleeping in a coma for two years, his muscles are gone
    After sleeping in a coma for two years, his muscle is gone

    He's showing off his muscles
    He's showing off his muscle

    There are muscles on your feet that allow you to walk

    There's muscle on your feet that allow you to walk


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    Re: Is muscle plural or singular?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Is muscle plural or singular?

    After sleeping in a coma for two years, his muscles are gone
    After sleeping in a coma for two years, his muscle is gone

    He's showing off his muscles
    He's showing off his muscle

    There are muscles on your feet that allow you to walk

    There's muscle on your feet that allow you to walk
    I'm a learner.
    In my mind,
    As a whole, muscle is singular; If you look on muscle as ropes in your body, they are pural.

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    Re: Is muscle plural or singular?

    As such muscle is singular.


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    Re: Is muscle plural or singular?

    [uncountable and countable]
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    one of the pieces of flesh inside your body that you use in order to move, and that connect your bones together

    COLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS

    arm/leg/neck/stomach etc muscles :the muscles in your leg/arm/stomach etc

    strengthen/build up your muscles

    pull/strain a muscle (=injure a muscle)

    flex your muscles (=bend your arm muscles so that people can see how strong you are)

    muscle tissue/fibres (=the material that muscles are made of) muscle tone (=the firmness of your muscles )
    Relax your stomach muscles, then stretch again.
    Regular exercise will help to strengthen your muscles.
    Beckham has pulled a muscle in his thigh and won't play tomorrow.
    from dictionary

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    Re: Is muscle plural or singular?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Is muscle plural or singular?
    The noun muscle is a count noun, a muscle, muscles, and it can also be used as a mass noun:

    After sleeping in a coma for two years, [all] his muscles began to atrophy from lack of use.

    Muscle begins to atrophy from lack of use.

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    He's showing off his muscles.
    He's showing off his muscle. <idiomatic>
    flex your muscles
    if a person or an organization flexes their muscles, they take some action to let people know how powerful they are. The latest bomb scare was just the terrorists flexing their muscles - showing us they haven't gone away.

    muscle - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
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    There are muscles in your feet that allow you to walk.

    There's [a kind of] muscle in your feet that allows you to walk.

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