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Pronouns are words that take the place of nouns. We often use them to avoid repeating the nouns that they refer to. Pronouns have different forms for the different ways we use them. 

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Sorry, sir
So what is the difference of the usage of these phrases: "great numbers of", "a great number of" and "the great number of"

Thank you, sir

Hi Risa warysha,

In many cases, several of these phrases can be used, with similar meanings. For example, we could say:

  • A great number of people pass through the station every day.
  • Great numbers of people pass through the station every day.

There's only a slight difference: the second sentence implies that the number of people may change (e.g. on different days, or at different times), because the plural (Great numbers) means that there is more than one measurement of the number of people. It seems to describe the situation more generally. In many cases, though, this difference may not matter, and you could use either phrase.

These sentences also mean pretty much the same thing:

  • The great number of people consuming alcohol has declined.
  • The great numbers of people consuming alcohol has declined.

But the first one seems like it's describing a specific survey result, because it mentions The great number (i.e. a single, particular number). The second sentence seems like it's describing the situation more in general.

Does that make sense?


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Hi team
Kindly help about collective noun in the following sentences
Japan is consists of many islands
Here, consists of many islands - collective?
He visited many countries of the world
Is "countries of the the world" collective..or common- countries, world (both)
World- common or proper?

Hello Samin,

A collective noun is one which takes a number of items as a single unit. For example:

a crowd of people ['crowd' is the collective noun]

a group of children

a herd of cows


In your examples I do no see any collective nouns. The word 'consist' is a verb, not a noun. The word 'countries' is a normal plural noun, not a collective term.


The word 'world' is not a proper noun. 'Earth' would be a proper noun to describe our planet.



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I don’t really know the meaning of ‘optical house’. Could you help me, please?
Thank you very much.

Hello Yolanda,

I'm not sure, either, to be honest. Would 'optician's' make sense in the context you saw this phrase?

All the best,


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Hi Sir,
please explain me the difference between " deed and indeed " .

thank you

Hello Imran 26

'deed' is a noun with a variety of meanings, whereas 'indeed' is an adverb that is used for emphasis or to express a reaction on the part of the speaker. Please have a look at the dictionary entries, and be sure to read through the examples. 

All the best


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This is the life of which I can't make a living out.
This is the life which I can't make a living out of.
This is the life of that I can't make a living out
This is the life that I can't make a living out of.

I think only the first is correct and more usual.
what do you think ?

I hope you and entire team is safe and sound in this time of crisis and stay that way!

Hello SonuKumar,

The second and fourth sentences are grammatically possible; the first and third are not. However, none of them scan particularly well and they would be better phrased in a different way.



The LearnEnglish Team