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  1. enydia's Avatar

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    value or values

    Hello, Teachers.

    In the following sentence, can I use 'value' or 'values'?
    ... they're of commercial and cultural value (or values?).
    In the Oxford dictionary, 'value' is a uncountable noun with the meaning 'quality of being useful or worthwhile or important'; but the original writer of that sentence used 'values'.

    Thank you in advance.

    Enydia ^_^

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    Re: value or values

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Hello, Teachers.

    In the following sentence, can I use 'value' or 'values'?
    ... they're of commercial and cultural value (or values?).
    In the Oxford dictionary, 'value' is a uncountable noun with the meaning 'quality of being useful or worthwhile or important'; but the original writer of that sentence used 'values'.

    Thank you in advance.

    Enydia ^_^

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    In this sentence you should use value, if you rephrase it thus; "...they're of value commercially and culturally." you can see that value is uncountable, there are however contexts where it can be countable, such as, 'traditional values'.

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