- Mar 5, 2014
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I know '-tion' nouns can refer to an activity or thing, but referring to things, are they naturally used in a collective sense?
When referring to things, they're used either uncountably (singular) in a generalised sense, as with our example here, or countably (singular or plural). When you say a 'collective' sense, do you mean used countably? As a plurality of individual things?
I see some people object to the singular "construction" in favor of the plural "constructions." It seems that they don't readily take the word to refer collectively.
I think those people (myself included) think the plural works better there. Like me, they're probably imagining that cities contains lots of densely packed things.