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    both + singular or plural?

    hi guys,


    do you know which of these sentences is correct?

    "both an experimental and a metrological points of view"

    or

    "both an experimental and a metrological point of view"

    Thanks
    Pat


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    Re: both + singular or plural?

    "both an experimental and a metrological point of view"

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    Re: both + singular or plural?

    I thought that the plural was ok... this is a surprise to me... are u 100% sure?! (I'm italian...so my opinion does not count)

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    Re: both + singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hi, guys,


    Do you know which of these phrases is correct?

    "both an experimental and a metrological points of view"

    or

    "both an experimental and a metrological point of view"

    Thanks.
    Pat
    The first is right. The second is wrong.

    Because you used an and a, you're only talking about one point of view. If you mean to talk about two different points of view, rephrase it this way, without the an and a:

    both experimental and metrological points of view


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    Re: both + singular or plural?

    'a' is the indefinite article before a singular noun:
    a dog - the dogs

    (don't confuse this with the possessive case: a dog's tail

    In full, your sentence is:
    "both an experimental point of view and a metrological point of view"

    and we omit what we can for brevity if it doesn't obscure the meaning.

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    #6

    Re: both + singular or plural?

    That's much better! Listen to David.

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