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PostSubject: "hair"   Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:59 am

Dear all,

This is very interesting question to make a discussion about..
Is it correct to say " I have two hairs" and " there is a hair on the ground"?!

I am waiting for your immediate reply..

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PostSubject: Re: "hair"   Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:27 am

afro Hair is a countable noun so, we can say "there is a hair on the ground"
Now I have a question to ask: why do we use it in plural without adding "the plural s "?
e.g I've cut my hair. Does it mean that I have cut one hair?
Why can't we say, I have cut my hairs?

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PostSubject: Re: "hair"   Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:21 pm

Hi Passion,

Actually, someone asked me this question and it was very confusing to me because I couldn't answer it at that right moment so that I checked it in the dictionary.

Hair is used as non-count noun and it is also used as a countable noun. So, if you want to describe your hair you can say :
My hair is so and so not my hairs..
but if we want to describe few quantity of hair we can use itas countable noun

Eg: He's starting to get a few gray hairs now. (But not a few gray hair)

I found a hair in my soup. (But not I found hair in the soup)
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