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Al 發問時間: 社會與文化語言 · 8 年前

複數疑問: 用單數或複數

什麼時候用 skill vs skills, relationship vs relationships, floodwater vs floodwaters, responsibility vs responsibilities?

For example:

I don't have the required skill(s) to do the job.

He does not have good relationship(s) with many people.

Language skill(s).

It is our responsibility(ies) to help other people in need.

謝了。

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From a resolved post:

In the near future, I hope I have a chance

to develop my interest and capability here.

Interest 和 capability 要不要複數?

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Could you be more specific with regards to the examples given above?

Thanks a million.

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感謝, 很清楚。

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  • 8 年前
    最佳解答

    Now, you need to forget about what your grade school teachers had taught you in TW. Listen to what I say below and think about it.

    1. most nouns in English have quantitative attributes and qualitative attributes.

    2. when the quantitative attributes of the noun are to be emphasized, it is a countable noun.

    3. when the qualitative attributes of it are to be emphasized, it is a mass noun.

    Examples:

    This is too much car for you.

    There are many cars for you to choose.

    Don't eat too much fish from the ocean, for it has HM in it.

    There are many fishes of different colors in the pond.

    Note:

    4. In comparison, nouns in TW language are all (?) mass nouns, thus, not countable,

    2012-09-02 00:04:03 補充:

    什麼時候用 skill vs skills, relationship vs relationships, floodwater vs floodwaters, responsibility vs responsibilities?

    examples:

    English skills are important;

    A good, in depth, writing skill in English will help you in this job.

    Others on you list are the same.

    2012-09-02 00:10:38 補充:

    Examples of "responsibility"

    1. signify quantitative attribute:

    Many relationships go sour when unemployment rate is high.

    2. signify qualitative attribute:

    Good kids are made from good and deep relationship with parents.

    2012-09-02 00:13:02 補充:

    In the near future, I hope I have a chance to develop my interest and capability here.

    I would rewrite:

    I am looking forward to an opportunity to further develop my career interests and technical capabilities with your company.

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