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    the plural in this sentence

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Cacian, Feb 4, 2012.

    which is the correct way?
    and is to or for?



    He brought it up for our attention?
    or
    He brought this up to our attentions?



    It is for our goods
    or
    It is for our good?

    Thanks!:)
     
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    The second one is definitely "It is for our good." The word "goods" is an economic term meaning tangible commodities.

    I think that the first one should be "He brought it up for our attention." If you wanted to use "to", it would be, "He brought it to our attention." I do know that the word "attention" stays singular no matter whose attention it is. I believe that is why the first phrase stays singular, but I"m not sure.
     
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    He brought this to our attention
     
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    Hey thank you both for your help.:)
    Attention stays singular and it is a TO and not a FOR.
     
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    He brought it to our attention.

    I've never heard of "He brought it up for our attention," or "He brought it up to our attention."

    And yes, no s added to attention. Certain nouns such as "attention" and "good" do not get s added even if they are referring to something plural -- and, as in the case of "goods" explained above, the meaning would change. Somebody else may be able to explain this better.

    So you could say "for our good," I guess, although I've never really heard that expression. I've heard "For your own good," as in, "I'm doing this for your own good."

    I think a better way to express it may be "to our benefit," as in, "It is to our benefit that xx happened."
     

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