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  • Gosh some of y’all need Jesus more than English classes .z

    I love the English language and when it comes to proper writing, I’m a grammar nazi...but I could never be an English teacher, my dumb students would frustrate me or I’d straight up laugh at their silly mistakes
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    • Okay let me revive this thread.

      So, I have a question. I've been familiar with this phrase for so long but it never really crossed my mind until recently.

      Diamonds are a girl's best friend

      Why do we use 'friend' instead of 'friends' when the word 'diamonds' is in its plural form? Is it because 'diamonds' is seen as a unity rather than many different things? Second question, why do we use 'a girl' instead of just 'girls'? Don't we usually use plural forms when we're talking about things in general?

      Thank you

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      • Originally posted by abi View Post
        Okay let me revive this thread.

        So, I have a question. I've been familiar with this phrase for so long but it never really crossed my mind until recently.

        Diamonds are a girl's best friend

        Why do we use 'friend' instead of 'friends' when the word 'diamonds' is in its plural form? Is it because 'diamonds' is seen as a unity rather than many different things? Second question, why do we use 'a girl' instead of just 'girls'? Don't we usually use plural forms when we're talking about things in general?

        Thank you
        The grammar is incorrect in that line. I think it's just artistic license since that line originated with a song. Kind of like how Alanis Ironic song is full of non-ironies.

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        • ^So the correct grammar should be "Diamonds are girls' best friends"?

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          • Originally posted by abi View Post
            Okay let me revive this thread.

            So, I have a question. I've been familiar with this phrase for so long but it never really crossed my mind until recently.

            Diamonds are a girl's best friend

            Why do we use 'friend' instead of 'friends' when the word 'diamonds' is in its plural form? Is it because 'diamonds' is seen as a unity rather than many different things? Second question, why do we use 'a girl' instead of just 'girls'? Don't we usually use plural forms when we're talking about things in general?

            Thank you
            1. I think your theory is right. Another example could be “Animals are my passion” instead of “passions”
            because it refers to them as a unified notion and not many individual ones. Not sure if my analogy fits, but that’s how I look at it.

            2. A singular noun can also be used to talk in general terms. This link sums it up well (too lazy to type on my phone so much) : https://www.quora.com/Should-I-use-p...ing-in-general
            last.fm

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