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You suggest adding an article to correct this sentence? I believe the sentence should read "What kinds of problems can occur with some of the forms of communication? or What kind of problems can occur with some of the forms of communication? The sentence below is a quote out of a business text (british). I feel it is incorrect and am looking for the proper use of the plural in either word (problems or kinds).

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What kinds of problem can occur with some of the forms of communication?
asked Sep 09 '12 at 02:16 Walter J. Brown New member

I'm guessing that the "you" in your your first sentence is Grammarly's software. None of us here work for Grammarly. I can't imagine where it wants an article to be inserted. If you send the info to support (link at bottom of page) they can perhaps check the software on that one.

Patty TSep 09 '12 at 03:11

The software wants an indefinite article before the singular countable noun "problem". But if you add the article, it then complains about "kind of a." This, of course, leads to Tolley's critique.

Jeff PribylSep 09 '12 at 04:02

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You want your sentence to read as:

 

What kinds of problems can occur with some of the forms of communication?

 

But everything that Tolley says is also true.

link comment edited Sep 09 '12 at 02:39 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow
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I agree with Tolley - it is awkward and lazy.  The sentence would be much better with only one "of" in it.  I'd also replace "some" because it implies that either the speaker believes not all forms of communication can have problems or that he is looking for an incomplete answer.  But then again, maybe that is the case. 

 

What problems can occur with the various forms of communication?

link comment answered Sep 09 '12 at 03:08 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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