singular or plural?

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singular or plural?

Post by sumsing » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:52 am

Dear teacher,

What does the following sentence ask?

Which books do you like best?

Is it asking a certain genre such as science fiction?
Or a speaker thinks that there would be some books that you like the best of all the books you read and you cannot choose one book as the best one?

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Re: singular or plural?

Post by Joe » Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:19 pm

Impossible to say with such limited context.

It COULD be about genres (though why not ask "Which genres do you like the best?"), or there might be a pile of books in fron of them and he's asking which of those the other person likes most. Or it could be something else. From the context, we would know.