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Singular or plural when indicating something unique owned by many

In the following sentences, which one is correct? Tom likes dogs with long tails. Tom likes dogs with a long tail. There are many tails because there are many dogs. But each dog has only one tail. ...
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Singular Vs plural while making a general statement

I'm having a hard time understanding whether to use plural or singular while making general sentences. Doing a bit of research I found both can be used. For example: Dogs are loyal animals. A ...
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Is “Bananas grow in a tropical climate” grammatically correct?

I'm trying to learn grammar from an IETLS book, In one of the fill in the blank type question, there is one question such as : Bananas grow in _______. The answers page says that the correct ...
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Generic noun phrase + singular/plural

Take the example Monkeys like bananas. Here, is 'bananas' referred to banana in general or more than one banana? I guess it represents only banana in general irrespective of one or more than one ...
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Generic plural. I need to know if there is a rule about it

We say "the poor" but then we say "the Italians". If both are correct, I wonder why is not possible to say "the poors". Can you tell me the rule please?
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In the sentence of concern, should I use the plural form of the noun?

If you like a song, and you think it's catchy, could you say this? Songs don't get much catchier than this. My concern is the plural songs, when people say things similar to Life can't/doesn't ...
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Singular or plural for “cat”?

I always have many confusions for singular or plural, should the cat be a cat, cats or simply cat: Human adopted many pets in history, for example cat, dog, etc... Human adopted cats in ...
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Singular plural generalization with generic noun phrase

Consider two sentences 1) Do not make noise when you visit 'a patient' in hospital. 2) Do not make noise when you visit 'patients' in hospital. Here do 1) and 2) mean the same or different ? ...
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Singular Vs plural generic noun case [duplicate]

First let's consider a few sentences 1) A cow is a useful animal. 1') Cows are useful animals. (In sentence 1) 'a cow' represents all cows in general) 2) A good student is fun to teach. 2') Good ...