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Hi,
I've come across this sentence and I wonder whether it is correct. "We're also terribly sorry that there is roadworks on the route you usually take because ...". Shouldn't it be "there are roadworks?

Thank you.

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Yoong LiatCambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary: roadworks (US roadwork).

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English: roadworks (plural) BrE.

Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners: roadworks noun (plural) AmE: roadwork.

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: noun (plural) BrE (NAmE) roadwork

Based on dictionaries, roadworks is a plural noun in BrE. In AmE, it is roadwork.
Seems fine to me.
CB wrote: I can't watch TV because I have a lot of works to do.

Shouldn't be 'work'? 'Roadworks' is plural but 'work' is an uncountable noun.
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I have seen the word with the final s many times in England. My main interest centers on the fact that the Collins Dictionary treats it with both a singular and a plural verb, which I find quite peculiar for a dictionary:
There's roadworks...
Roadworks are...


Cheers
CB
Cool BreezeI have seen the word with the final s many times in England. My main interest centers on the fact that the Collins Dictionary treats it with both a singular and a plural verb, which I find quite peculiar for a dictionary:
There's roadworks...
Roadworks are...


Cheers
CB
You wrote, 'I can't watch TV because I have a lot of works to do.'

My concern is you used 'works'. Shouldn't it be 'work' as 'work' in your sentence is not a countable noun? Therefore, IMO, the sentence should read as follows:

I can't watch TV because I have a lot of work to do.
Yoong LiatMy concern is you used 'works'. Shouldn't it be 'work' as 'work' in your sentence is not a countable noun? Therefore, IMO, the sentence should read as follows:

I can't watch TV because I have a lot of work to do.

Of course. I didn't think anyone would take works seriouusly.

Cheers
CB
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Thank you all for this discussion!
Hi guys,

Remember that context is everything.

eg The exhibition featured many works by major artists.

Best wishes, Clive
CliveHi guys,

Remember that context is everything.

eg The exhibition featured many works by major artists.

Best wishes, Clive

Hello Clive

I agree with you. Here 'works' refers to the works of an artist, and 'work' is a countable noun.
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To my knowledge, I am quite sure [roadwork] is used as a collective noun in its sigular form.

Roadwork on the Bay Bridge on ramp is scheduled between 12-01-06 to 12-10-06 from midnight to 6 am.
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