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communication vs communications

Post by kins_turn » Tue Nov 06, 2007 11:08 pm

What is the difference between communication and communications? What i know is communication is uncountable. When 'communication'take a plural form does it carry the same meaning i.e. methods of sending in formation?
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Post by gdwdwrkr » Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:42 am

Communications would mean collection of phone calls, letters, emails, and/or other transfers of information: "In all your communications to me you never once....."
To indicate a collection of methods of sending information, I would use a term such as "modes of communication".
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Post by Tony Farg » Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:08 am

"does it carry the same meaning i.e. methods of sending in formation?"

Your communication to us of 6th November was in error. "Communication" generally means whatever one communicates to another...not a reference to the method. The plural means more of the same...see earlier post from gdwdwrkr
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Post by kagriffy » Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:28 pm

But what exactly are you "sending in formation"? Geese? Military squadrons? Marching bands?
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Post by gdwdwrkr » Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:36 pm

Carrier pigeons, most likely.
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