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    Question Preposition; Countable & Uncountable Nouns

    Preposition
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    Please advise which preposition is correct in the following sentences:

    1a)Those birds on the tree are chirping loudly.
    1b)Those birds in the tree are chirping loudly.

    2a) There is a small town on the other side of the river.
    2b) There is a small town at the other side of the river.

    Nouns
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    I would like to ask the word "Paper" is countable or uncountable noun.

    So I use any or some in the this sentence:

    Do you have any or some paper?

    Appreciate for your help. Many thanks.


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    Re: Preposition; Countable & Uncountable Nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Hi5 View Post
    Preposition
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    Please advise which preposition is correct in the following sentences:

    1a)Those birds on the tree are chirping loudly.
    1b)Those birds in the tree are chirping loudly.

    Both are correct. 'In the tree' is more in line with classic BrE.

    2a) There is a small town on the other side of the river.
    2b) There is a small town at the other side of the river.

    'On the other side' is the correct variant.

    Nouns
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    I would like to ask the word "Paper" is countable or uncountable noun.

    Paper was invented in China. (paper as a material - uncountable)
    There were a few sudents' papers on the desk. (paper as a student's essay or smth - countable)


    So I use any or some in the this sentence:

    Do you have any or some paper?

    It depends. If you are asking for information, then 'any.' If you are asking for paper, then 'some.'

    Appreciate for your help. Many thanks.
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