Today, one of my school friends ended up saying:

Beard comes late to our family males.

Is the sentence grammatical? If not, then help me correct.

I'm not a native speaker.

Thank you.

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The sentence is using 'beard' as an uncountable noun, where it would usually be considered countable. Someone has 'a beard' not 'beard'.

A more natural way to say it would be

Facial hair comes late to our family's males.

(Note also possessive on 'family').

Like so often, though, while it sounds a bit odd, if you said it to a native English speaker, they probably wouldn't think anything of it, and would know exactly what you mean.

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    You could also modify it so that it is countable: Beards come late to our family's males. (Or to males in our family.) Commented Feb 28, 2019 at 18:41

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