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Is "behaviours" acceptable? Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 10:39:05 PM
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Is "behaviours" an acceptable word? I have seen the word used, but wonder if it is a mistake.

Thanks.
ChrisKC
Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 11:00:11 PM

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Hello Elaine,

I think not but I wonder if you might recall where you saw it in the plural.

Eoin Riedy
Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 11:58:34 PM

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It's the plural of behavior (behaviour).

unacceptable social behaviors

Doctors are trying to educate people about behaviors that can put them at increased risk for skin cancer.

In this in-the-round show from The Holding Project, eight women perform a dance inspired by the migratory behaviors of the bird from which the event draws its name.

Behaviors can be either innate or learned.

Positive behaviors help promote health and prevent disease, while the opposite is true for risk behaviors.

Sex, with its myths, confronts us with the complexity of our behaviors and our beliefs.
palapaguy
Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 12:41:05 AM

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IMHO, one could substitute "behavior" in each place above where "behaviors" is used, and it would work just as well, or better. Koh Elaine asked a good question and I hope someone here can answer it. Simply reciting uses of the word "behaviors" doesn't answer the question.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 1:04:32 AM

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Like most 'uncountable nouns', it can be used in combinations as countable.
A normally-uncountable noun, paired with an adjective or possessive or quantifying determiner, can be counted.

A person's behaviour is the way he/she acts - it is basically uncountable.
But if you are talking about the way several people act (each one different - one has good behaviour, one has bad behaviour, one has a very conservative behaviour, another is very progressive) then their behaviours are different.

There is my behaviour, your behaviour, Eoin's behaviour and palapaguy's behaviour.
There are four behaviours mentioned in the last sentence.

Sometimes my daughter is very good, sometimes she is very naughty. These two opposing behaviours seem to appear at random.


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