In order to distinguish plural nouns from singular nouns I want to know which one is correct:

Julia complains that her wage is low.


Julia complains that her wages are low.

I've seen both in texts some people use wages as singular (wage) noun and some people use it as plural noun (wages).

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In the first case, Julia is complaining about her wage (or hourly) rate, which is singular.

In the second case, Julia is complaining about all of the money she is earning at her job, which is plural.

  • So both are correct?
    – Armin
    Jan 1, 2017 at 13:47
  • Yes, both sentences are correct but have slightly different but related meanings. If her wage rate (singular) is low that will affect the total money she earns, and if her total wages (plural) are low that implies her rate is also low (or possibly she works too few hours). Jan 1, 2017 at 13:50
  • ! You're right, as I see in here. And according to Webster 'wages" is more often.
    – Armin
    Jan 1, 2017 at 15:54

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