many efforts

Subject: many efforts
From: Susan Fowler <sfowler -at- EJV -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 22 May 1995 13:09:44 EDT

The problem isn't grammatical but idiomatic. The correct idiom is "years of
effort," so saying "years of efforts" would immediately tag this piece of text
as non-English or, possibly, non-American English, to a native speaker.

If you want printed backup, I'd look quickly through the Longman section of your
closest technical bookstore or check out the books about English as a second
language in the library. Longman (U.K.) publishes idiom-aware dictionaries for
ESL teachers and students.

Good luck--
Susan Fowler
sfowler -at- ejv -dot- com


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