Why do distributive adjectives mostly take a singular noun while quantitative adjectives mostly take a plural noun?

I am sure that there are some exceptions to this, but I have noticed that distributive adjectives like “each”, “every”, “either”, “neither”, etc., mostly take a singular noun, while quantitative adjectives like “some”, “many”, “all”, “few” etc., in most cases take a plural noun. Both of these set of words refer to the number of … Read more

For disturbing or for disturbance

Which one is correct to say: I’m sorry for disturbing. I’m sorry for the disturbance”, and why? Is it mandatory to use gerund after prepositions or we can use it in its original noun form? Thank you in advance. Answer You can use either. However, you have a grammatical error in your first example, and … Read more

Correct or not: noun and adjective being predicative together

I’m thinking about such a sentence: He is a lawyer, arrogant and smart. or He is an idiot, arrogant and short-sighted. Please note that here I just want to list the noun and the adjectives altogether, no casual relation between the noun and the adjectives (like he is arrogant and smart because he is a … Read more

Is “workload” ever a countable noun? Can it also be uncountable?

Here are two sentences which have almost the same meaning that I have found in two different dictionaries: Teachers are always complaining about their heavy workloads. (Cambridge Dictionary) Students complained about the heavy workload. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) Both citations show a plural subject, but the grammatical number of what those subjects are complaining about is inconsistent. … Read more

“Continuous walk” or “Continuous walking”?

The full sentence is “30 minutes of continuous Walk.” or “30 Minutes of Continuous Walking.” Thanks. Answer ‘A walk’ is an outing on foot, as in ‘go for a walk’, but the activity is ‘walking’ By the way, ’30 minutes of walking’ is a phrase, not a ‘full sentence’. AttributionSource : Link , Question Author … Read more

The grammar of “one another”

In sentences such as: They talked to one another Is the string one another a constituent, or are the two words part of a mandatorily gapped coordination of preposition phrases (or even verb phrases)? If they are a constituent, are they an asyndetic coordination? If they are not a coordination, is this a headed phrase? … Read more

Where is the stress of the noun “Portuguese”?

Studying suffixes I’ve learned that “-ESE” is a strong suffix, therefore it holds the main stress when it’s added to a word (e.g. China -> Chinese; Japan -> Japanese; journal -> journalese; etc.). Based on that and on the IPA of most known dictionaries, the correct pronunciation of Portuguese would be with the stress on … Read more

What’s the difference between index and indicator?

My phrase is: “The main (indexes / indicators) of regional development”. Which noun should I use? I have searched for any difference in their meanings on the Internet, but didn’t find anything certain. From my point of view (and I suppose it may be totally wrong), an indicator is something what tells us about the … Read more

“Shortage” or “shortening”?

SAD(seasonal affective disorder) is a response to the shortening of daylight hours and lack of sunlight in winter. The sentence above is extracted from the book that I’m studying by myself right now named Grammar and Vocabulary for Advanced by Martin Hewings and Simon Haines. The answer is shortening,however, I cannot understand as I think … Read more