language ( s ) ?

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whl626

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He has the aptitude for language or languages ? As I was taught that we should use plural for something in general. I chose languages in the end. But singular form doesn't seem wrong.

Both are correct ?
 
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I think only one is correct. I would use "languages" because the other one does not seem very natural to me.

ByE!
 

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whl626 said:
He has the aptitude for language or languages ? As I was taught that we should use plural for something in general. I chose languages in the end. But singular form doesn't seem wrong.

Both are correct ?

Both are correct, but I would use the singular. The makes "language" more general, more conceptual, which fits better with aptitude. We do the same with art, writing, painting, sculpture, science, etc.
 

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What Mike said.

:wink:

(Say: "He has an aptitude for language." (Not "the aptitude".)

:)
 

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Oh, this time the singular sounds more general. :)
 

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The singular sounds more like linguistic knowledge to me. ;-)
 

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I got to have it registered in my mind :)
 

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whl626 said:
I got to have it registered in my mind :)

She has an aptitude for language.
She has an aptitude for languages such as....
She has an aptitude for tone languages.
She has an aptitude for computer languages such as C++, ....

Be my valentine :painting:
 

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:) The picture is even clearer now
 
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