(1) Has any of your work been published?
(2) Have any of your works been published?

Which one is correct? I think if it is something you can publish, it will have to be a book or something countable. So my guess is number 2 is correct but I am not sure. Could you help me clarify it? Thanks.

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If you look at the entry for work in the Cambridge Dictionary,you will see that there are entries for both countable (marked with a C) and uncountable (marked with a U) definitions.

A countable noun can have a plural, for example book/books. an uncountable noun does not normally have a plural, for example sugar

As an uncountable noun, work can have this meaning: the material used by someone at work, or what they produce

As a countable noun, work can have this meaning: something created as a result of effort, especially a painting, book, or piece of music

If, for example, you are talking about an author, both of the sentences that you have proposed are acceptable. If you choose to think of the author's work as one collective item, you would use the uncountable form, so sentence 1 is correct. If you choose to treat each book that the author has written as a separate item, then sentence 2 is correct.


They both are correct. If you talk about your work as a whole, use no. 1; if you talk about your work as individual pieces, use no. 2.


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