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Alricaus
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« on: July 08, 2012, 10:11:17 PM »

Hi there,

I have a question about something that has nothing to do with politic, anarchism or social issues; it is about English.

Maybe some of you know that I am not a English speaker (I am a French Canadian). Presently, I am working on a article that I want to publish (in English), and I need your help!

Somebody told me that, in English, the term research is considered as an uncountable noun. It is hard to understand for me, since it's a countable noun in French. So, I know that we have to say :

Much research has revealed and not many research have revealed

However, I don't know if we can say, for example :

Plentiful of research has
Some research has
Numerous research has
A research has
Very little research has
Recent research has

Thank you!



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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2012, 10:22:03 PM »

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Much research has revealed
I'm not sure if there is a technical error here, but what I do know is that it doesn't sound right. Or more precisely the wording isn't very eloquent.

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A research has
Again this doesn't sound right to me.

The rest of them are okay, at least to my mind. Though I am a native English speaker, my strong suit isn't English so I could be wrong. I'm sorry I can't offer a more technical explanation for you.
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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2012, 10:24:45 PM »

Plentiful of research = wrong

Some research = Okay

Numerous research has = wrong

A research has = wrong

Very little research = okay

Recent research = okay
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2012, 11:57:30 PM »

Thank  to both of you!!
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2012, 12:24:13 AM »

"Research" is uncountable, but studies are countable. So maybe that would be a suitable substitute for you.

"Numerous studies have shown....."
"Very little research has revealed..."
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2012, 02:27:31 PM »

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Research" is uncountable, but studies are countable. So maybe that would be a suitable substitute for you.

The problem is that I used the term study too often. In French, while we can use the term research as a uncountable noun, it's, most of the time, used as a countable noun (exactly as study/studies). 

It's strange to see how different languages perceive things differently!

Still, thank for your answer!

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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2012, 10:48:00 AM »

I would consider this a near perfect thread.

1)  It has an intriguing title.
2)  The first poster asks a question.
3)  The second and third posts provide answers.
4)  The original poster gives feedback on the answers.
5)  A handsome and intelligent forum member posts a meta-analysis of the thread
6)  The meta-analysis is praised by nearly everyone that reads the thread.  (Future Outcome)

The result:  Perfect Thread

My work here is done.
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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2012, 11:09:16 AM »

I would consider this a near perfect thread.

1)  It has an intriguing title.
2)  The first poster asks a question.
3)  The second and third posts provide answers.
4)  The original poster gives feedback on the answers.
5)  A handsome and intelligent forum member posts a meta-analysis of the thread
6)  The meta-analysis is praised by nearly everyone that reads the thread.  (Future Outcome)

The result:  Perfect Thread

My work here is done.

Excellent summary! Job well done! Thank you so very much for doing this!
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