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    What is the difference?

    Hello everybody,

    I was asked this question, and because I'm not sure about the answer, I revert to you.

    What is difference in meaning (if any) do these two sentences make?

    - My friend has bought a sports car?

    - My friend has bought a sport car?


    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: What is the difference?

    The noun is sports car. The word sports acts as the adjectve.

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    Re: What is the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by Y-o-u-s-e-f View Post
    Hello everybody,

    I was asked this question, and because I'm not sure about the answer, I revert to you.

    What is difference in meaning (if any) do these two sentences make?

    - My friend has bought a sports car?

    - My friend has bought a sport car?


    Thank you in advance.
    wow its really a fatal mistake!
    - My friend has bought a sports car? this is a wrong sentence because you can't use 'a' before plural nouns.
    you can say either of the following:
    I have a car.
    I have cars.
    'a' and 'an' are indefinite articles, they are used only before singular countable nouns.
    an before the nouns that begin in a vowel
    e.g: an apple
    an orange
    an egg
    vowels are (a , i, o , u , e )
    Last edited by tareq10; 02-Mar-2009 at 18:09.

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    Re: What is the difference?

    I'd definitely go for sports car. However, in American English sport car can also be found in use.

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    Re: What is the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    The noun is sports car. The word sports acts as the adjectve.

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    RonBee

    That advance thanking was for your taking the time to read the thread and reply.

    Now I will thank you afterwords if you would explain what difference is there between the usage of this adjectival noun: sport (sing.) and sports (pl.)

    Sorry for being pedantic about this, but I need to give a detailed satisfying answer to my students.



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    Quote Originally Posted by tareq10 View Post
    wow its really a fatal mistake!
    - My friend has bought a sports car? this is a wrong sentence because you can't use 'a' pefore plural nouns.
    Hi, Tareq,

    That red "pefore" up there is the fatal spelling mistake.

    For the rest of your post, there was no mistake and I'd refer you to RonBee's post for details.

    However, your post is appreciated .

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    Re: What is the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    I'd definitely go for sports car. However, in American English sport car can also be found in use.
    Hi engee,

    Thank you for your input.

    Unless you advise otherwise, I'll take it that "sport" or "sports" can be used interchangeably with no real effect on the meaning!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Y-o-u-s-e-f View Post
    Hi engee,

    Thank you for your input.

    Unless you advise otherwise, I'll take it that "sport" or "sports" can be used interchangeably with no real effect on the meaning!


    From my own experience, I strongly advise you to use this form, sports car.

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    Re: What is the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by Y-o-u-s-e-f View Post
    Hi engee,

    Thank you for your input.

    Unless you advise otherwise, I'll take it that "sport" or "sports" can be used interchangeably with no real effect on the meaning!


    No. No no no no no.

    There's no such thing as a sport car. Sport car is wrong. Sports car is right. A fast little car is called a sports car.

    Sports is not always a plural noun. Sometimes it's an adjective. Sometimes it's a singular noun. Sometimes it's a plural noun.

    Got it? Lose sport car. It's always wrong. Always.

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    Re: What is the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by Y-o-u-s-e-f View Post
    Hi, Tareq,

    That red "pefore" up there is the fatal spelling mistake.

    For the rest of your post, there was no mistake and I'd refer you to RonBee's post for details.

    However, your post is appreciated .

    hi yousef that was just a spelling mistake
    I hope you enjoyed the information.

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