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I have the following sentence:

"The methods can be used with every kind of flexible electrical loads "

Should load be in singular or plural?By flexible electrical loads I am referring to e.g. electric vehicles, heat pumps, dishwashers

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    Consider another example: "We employ every kind of cook." The noun cook is generally a countable noun, yet it is used in the singular here. Mar 21 '20 at 12:26
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    Generally, "kind of" (in this sense) expects a singular noun.
    – Hot Licks
    Mar 21 '20 at 12:30
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    "every kind of load" or "all possible loads"
    – shogun
    Mar 21 '20 at 12:31
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    Compare the simpler but parallel example 'every kind of car' and 'every kind of cars'. One is ungrammatical. Mar 21 '20 at 14:45
  • Thanks a lot for all your answers :-)
    – PeterBe
    Mar 21 '20 at 18:31
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Consider another example: "We employ every kind of cook." The noun cook is generally a countable noun, yet it is used in the singular here.

Weather Vane

Generally, "kind of" (in this sense) expects a singular noun.

Hot Licks

"every kind of load" or "all possible loads"

shogun

Compare the simpler but parallel example 'every kind of car' and 'every kind of cars'. One is ungrammatical.

Edwin Ashworth

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  • Thanks for your answer CJ Dennis. What about the phrase 'every type of flexible electrical loads'. Shall 'loads' be used in plural or singular 'load' here?
    – PeterBe
    Mar 27 '20 at 11:56
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    The important word is "every". It takes a singular noun. It doesn't matter whether the noun is "kind" or "type".
    – CJ Dennis
    Mar 27 '20 at 13:01
  • Thanks CJ for your answer. What about 'all types of...'. I gues this is the same, right?
    – PeterBe
    Mar 27 '20 at 16:40
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    @PeterBe Yes, "all" takes a plural noun, e.g. "kinds" or "types".
    – CJ Dennis
    Mar 27 '20 at 22:39

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