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    what's wrong with "I dislike this type of question?"

    A: Do you think you can see sound waves?
    B: I don't know, but personally I dislike ___________.

    textbook says "these types of questions" is correct.
    I don't know why "this type of question" is incorrect!

    Thanks in advance~

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    Re: what's wrong with "I dislike this type of question?"

    Falling slowly, --my take on the reason is that the use of the singular (this & question) may only deal with the subject matter "sound wave" as a question. whereas the plural (these & questions) may deal with the way the question is worded-i.e. a declarative statement used as a question.
    I don't know if this answers your inquiry (or if I explained it to your satisfaction) but it is the only reason I can think of.
    Sorry if I added to your confusion,
    B.


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    Re: what's wrong with "I dislike this type of question?"

    Only one type of question is suggested by the sentence; hence, I would consider 'this type of question' correct.

    Who is the author of the textbook?

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    Re: what's wrong with "I dislike this type of question?"

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Only one type of question is suggested by the sentence; hence, I would consider 'this type of question' correct.

    Who is the author of the textbook?
    I suspect this is a question of British English versus another dialect.

    b

    PS And the preference for a plural is relentlessly eating away at the singular. Tired of being told I'm wrong, or asked to explain yet again, I usually take the coward's way and say 'questions of this type'.
    Last edited by BobK; 27-Sep-2008 at 16:34. Reason: Added PS

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