Which of these is correct?
Three spoonfuls of sugar is too much.
Three spoonfuls of sugar are too much.
I feel like the second could be correct, because there are more than one spoon. But on second ...
(1) Word has it that the neighbors are moving next month.
(2) Word on the street has it that the neighbors are moving next month.
(3) The word is that the neighbors ...
I am working in the field of Game theory. I use the word Nash equilibrium intensively, but I always wonder about this word countability.
I think the word Nash equilibrium should be countable. Because ...
Why is there a definite article before the words darkness and light in the sentence below:
But as is so often true, the darkness lingers longer than the light.
And why is the expression in the dark/...
Although enough modifies either count nouns or mass nouns, enough
stamina, sufficient should modify only mass nouns, so the usage
problem can be solved by making it sufficient numbers of....
Recently, I have been reading a book about TOEFL grammar.
I came across this multiple-choice problem:
I have _______ money left.
(A) a great number
(B) so small
(C) only a little
(D) only a few
In physics, people very often measure some values which depend on some variable, say the air temperature as a function of time. I think the verb depend is used correctly, since dictionaries define &...
Don’t listen to multiple perspectives, it will eventually lead to the confusion where it’s hard to focus.
Does using the definite article here make sense? We generally don’t use the definite article ...
From WordReference I discovered the following usage note
At one time, some usage guides maintained that people could not be
preceded by a number, as in Fewer than 30 people showed up.
When is the noun type (meaning typeface or text set in type) used in singular form and when is it used in plural form?
Is it referred to as a singulare tantum?
In which case is it an uncountable noun ...
An ESL student produced the following sentence:
“The Western diet seems to be more unhealthy than the Japanese one.”
The use of “one” immediately struck me as awkward, but not necessarily incorrect, ...
I'm not sure what does Melville exactly mean by afford stuff for a good joke to anybody in chapter five of Moby-Dick.
However, a good laugh is a mighty good thing, and rather too scarce a good thing; ...
I've a query regarding common quantifiers used with count usages. I've searched in various resources such as online dictionaries, but I couldn't find out the fruitful solution.
Here is the problem:
Literally as above, I encountered those sentences in my reading.
I wonder about difference between them.
Is 'You need a rest' a more emphatic suggestion than 'You need rest' in spoken English? As I ...
Sixty per cent of teachers are women, but a mere 5 percent of women are heads and deputies.
Tickets are a mere £7.50 at the door.
Can use and usage be written interchangeably?
Does use include usage under its scope?
Does usage has more specific meaning attached to it?
If there is any difference, tell me one striking difference ...
"Free education and health care are among the other impetus".
Here the subject is plural, and I want to use it with impetus. However, impetus is uncountable. What is the correct form of that sentence?...