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  1. His words transcend times, thoughts, ages and all boundaries.

In the above example, I am confused whether it should be time or times.
Should it be the following?

  1. His words transcend time, thoughts, ages and all boundaries

Please clear my confusion. Thank you.

  • Read the definitions carefully here: en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/time and en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/times It all depends on what you want to communicate. – Mari-Lou A May 9 '18 at 7:06
  • here, the word times is for defining different eras. So, is it correct to use times instead of time? – Simul Chowdhury May 9 '18 at 7:25
  • They're both "correct", it depends what you want the sentence to mean. 2.4 2.4 also times A portion of time in history or characterized by particular events or circumstances. 2.5 The conditions of life during a particular period – Mari-Lou A May 9 '18 at 8:24
  • I shouldn't have posted the second link, it only gives the verb meaning. Sorry. The different meanings are found in the first Oxford Dict. link. – Mari-Lou A May 9 '18 at 8:28
  • I'd say that only 'transcend time' (and arguably 'thought') is/are idiomatic for the first two objects here. These Google Ngrams seem to support this. 'Right' is not an exact synonym of 'grammatical'. // There is also an issue with incongruousness if just one noun is in singular form (albeit as a non-count usage). – Edwin Ashworth May 9 '18 at 8:29
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"His Words Transcend Times"

Here "Times" has "era, period" meaning. You might have heard the saying "times change" or "how times have changed". Therefore it becomes a countable noun. There can be more than one era.

If you use it without "s" I would interpret it as just "time". Not as a period but simply time. As in "Commuting takes a lot of time".

Both are fine in my opinion but "times" makes that sentence kind of poetic. Like, his words transcend through the ages, different periods of history.

  • Thanks. It truly helps me. I also thought the same way, but having doubts earlier. it gets cleared now. – Simul Chowdhury May 9 '18 at 6:50
  • "X is older than time itself" usually encompasses every era, period known to man. – Mari-Lou A May 9 '18 at 7:01

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