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    in detail or in details

    Hi, I'm confused here. Can anyone help me to clarify this:
    "in detail" or "in details".
    What is the reason of putting "s" as "in details"
    I've read somewhere in the newspaper using this word like " The details are..."
    and "I'll give you the details". Can it be like this "Detail is...or I'll give you the detail"
    ciao

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    Re: in detail or in details

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    Hi Mektok, when you discuss something "in detail", you discuss it thoroughly. You discuss the details.
    "The details are..."
    "I'll give you the details"
    These examples are both correct.
    However, "I'll give you the details."
    When detail is used in the singular and with the definite article, it can have other meanings, two of which I'll illustrate here:
    "The detail he got into was incredible". Here it refers to the level/ amount of detail/s provided.
    "The detail" could also refer to a specific one of many details involved.

    An expression comes to mind, "God is in the details".

    Peter

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    Re: in detail or in details

    Quote Originally Posted by peterbireland View Post
    {Not a teacher}
    Hi Mektok, when you discuss something "in detail", you discuss it thoroughly. You discuss the details.
    "The details are..."
    "I'll give you the details"
    These examples are both correct.
    However, "I'll give you the details."
    When detail is used in the singular and with the definite article, it can have other meanings, two of which I'll illustrate here:
    "The detail he got into was incredible". Here it refers to the level/ amount of detail/s provided.
    "The detail" could also refer to a specific one of many details involved.

    An expression comes to mind, "God is in the details".

    Peter
    I thought the saying was "The Devil is in the detail".
    But perhaps that's another saying.

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    Re: in detail or in details

    Both sayings seem to exist, this page was interesting:
    Re: "The devil is in the details"

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    Re: in detail or in details

    Quote Originally Posted by peterbireland View Post
    Both sayings seem to exist, this page was interesting:
    Re: "The devil is in the details"
    So are these:
    Devil is in the detail - Idiom Definition - UsingEnglish.com
    The devil is in the detail - Times Online

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    Re: in detail or in details

    Thanks, that second page certainly puts the phrase to good use.

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