Defenses or defense?

cheshire

Senior Member
Catholic (Cat-holic, not Catholic)
(1)America had to build up its own defenses.​

(2)America had to build up its own defense.​
Which sentence is correct?

(3) The attack came not from the Germans but from their Asian allies, the Japanese.
(4) The attack came not from the Germans but from their Asian ally, Japan.
 
  • ish1301

    New Member
    CA
    USA
    This seems to be correct

    ... America had to build up its own defense.
    ... The attack came not from the Germans but from their Asian allies, Japan.

    buddy but i am not sure ;)
     

    SPQR

    Senior Member
    US
    American English
    (1)America had to build up its own defenses.
    (2)America had to build up its own defense.

    Which sentence is correct?


    (3) The attack came not from the Germans but from their Asian allies, the Japanese.
    (4) The attack came not from the Germans but from their Asian ally, Japan.

    1 and 2 are both reasonable, but I prefer 1.
    3 and 4 again, are both reasonable, but I prefer 4.

    If this is a test, they are being VERY nit-picky.
     
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