Discussion in 'English Only' started by AVim, Oct 16, 2009.
What we need is _____, not words.
Use acts or actions? Any reasons? Thanks.
Act, noun, is countable.
Action, noun, is uncountable.
Look at the dictionary definitions of act and action.
It should be very clear that action fits, act does not.
Hi, panjandrum. I mean to use 'acts', what about 'acts' here?
"Actions" sounds far more natural to me than "acts" would in the example you presented.
Hi guys, I changed both 'act' and 'action' into plural forms in the original post. So which one is preferred this time? But it causes another confusion for me, why we should use 'is' combined with those plural nouns? I mean to use the 'actions', 'words' with 'is'?
How about saying "What we need are (acts/actions), not words." ?
The most commonly-heard expression is:
What we need is action, not words.
'Act(s)' sounds weird in this phrase, and although one could just as well say "what we need are actions, not words", this is less common.
From the wordreference dictionary, the fourth definition of 'action' is as below:
actions, habitual or usual acts;
conduct:He is responsible for his actions.
「5 More U.S. Nukes to Close, Will Diablo Canyon Be Next?」 （EcoWatch 2016/6/17）
5 More U.S. Nukes to Close, Will Diablo Canyon Be Next?
A rising tsunami of U.S. nuke shut-downs may soon include California’s infamous Diablo Canyon double reactors. But it depends on citizen action, including a statewide petition.
Why is it 'action', not 'actions'? Is it because 'action' means future acts?
If so, is it OK to say, "Citizen actions made XXX reactors shut down three years ago."?
Thanks in advance.
Separate names with a comma.