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Soseki

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Hello,

fight corruption
…….. omitted ……..
Meaning: to try to prevent corruption in government and business

For example:
•If governments were serious about fighting corruption, we'd see more politicians in jail.
https://www.englishclub.com/ref/esl/Collocations/F/fight_corruption_3813.htm

Why is the noun ‘government’ used in different ways?
In one case, it is used as an uncountable noun, while in the other case it is used as a countable one.

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Soseki

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The simple answer is: Because that is the way the noun 'government' is used in the two sentences.

a) The boy ate an apple. b) The boy ate two apples. "apple" is certainly a countable noun, as is 'government'. In the meaning given, 'governments' could easily be used and it still makes good sense.
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Is anything wrong if Meaning: to try to prevent corruption in government and business
were written in such a way as:
Meaning: to try to prevent corruption in governments and businesses
 

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Thank you very much.


Is anything wrong if Meaning: to try to prevent corruption in government and business
were written in such a way as:
Meaning: to try to prevent corruption in governments and businesses

The original version expresses the idea best. We're talking about systemic corruption.
 
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