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D00M
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 10:42:23 AM

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Hello respected teachers,

They waited a month for Wright, and then Bruke decided that four from his small group, with three months' supplies, should travel the 1,250 kilometers to the north coast as quickly as possible.

Could the underlined be paraphrased as follows, please?

with a three-month supply


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thar
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:46:41 AM

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No, because "supplies" is a noun meaning ' what you take with you on an expedition, to stay alive' - food, water, ammunition. Chocolate bars. Whistle
Like "goods" means multiple items.

Whereas 'a supply' is what you get from somewhere, but has no connotation with what you take with you on an expedition - so it has to be a supply of something.
They took a supply of food and water sufficient for three months' travelling.

The singular and plural nouns have different meanings and different uses.

Tfd
This is a particular meaning of 'supplies'
Quote:
supplies
In logistics, all materiel and items used in the equipment, support, and maintenance of military forces.


Quote:
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Supply
An amount available or sufficient for a given use; stock: Our supply of milk is low.

That can be plural, but it is still supplies 'of something'.


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