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should the noun following "in terms of" be singular or plural?

Is it if the noun refers to "units", it is plural, and if the noun refers to "aspect", it is singular?

What if some architecture has two kinds of structures. Does "In terms of architectural structures, ..." and "In terms of architectural structure, ..." mean the same thing?

  • I think this post comes close to being a duplicate. But your example seems really to be about the non-count / count usages of 'structure' (and the like); you could equally well consider 'When talking about structure/structures ...'. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 1 '18 at 14:52
  • But "in terms of 'structure/structures'" considers different things, i.e. they refer to different things, right? There exist cases where one is preferred over the other. – Sean Apr 2 '18 at 3:40
  • But your question is really about the ways structure/s are used, not about what people use after 'in terms of' (or 'when talking about'). / ODO gives helpful examples of abstract and concrete usages, going some way to differentiate count and mass usages. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 2 '18 at 10:09
  • Please include the research you’ve done. Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 2 '18 at 10:09

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