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Tuesday, January 29, 2019


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bones - are many in the body

behaviour - is an individual quality to a particular place or a person

I think that

1/ using the plural because of " recipeS"
2/ "urban and rural blackbirds" can regard as a singular noun ( blackbird in general), it can be also a plural noun (urban blackbird and rural blackbird)

1) singular bone is not accepted means general about bones not specific bone.your bones.
2 ) because of "the" .It may contain singular or plural countable/ uncountable.

Behaviour is usually an uncountable noun, so it is rarely used in the plural:
✗ Parents should be able to prevent their children's crimes or bad behaviours .

✓ Parents should be able to prevent their children's crimes or bad behaviour.

✗ The media often encourage violence and aggressive behaviours.

✓ The media often encourage violence and aggressive behaviour.

bones is a countable noun

behaviour is an uncountable noun

Because it's not specified which bone we are talking about. It has no article nor does it have any determiner.
includes recipes to strengthen your BACK bone.

includes recipes to strengthen your the smallest BONE in your body.

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1) It would be strange to have a recipe that helps only one bone in the body. If you use the singular 'bone', the reader will wonder which bone! The idea is that something helps your 'bones' - all of them.

2) 'behaviour' can be an uncountable OR a countable noun. Both work fine in this case.

behaviour (uncountable) = the overall way of behaving

behaviours (countable) = the specific actions that make up the overall behaviour


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Because Bones is proceeded by plural, includes recipes whereas, behaviour/behaviours is followed by urban and blackbirds, which are singular and plural respectively.

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