On the grounds that [closed] Ask Question. Asked 4 years, 9 months ago. Active 4 years, 9 months ago. Viewed 12k times. Which is correct: "on the grounds that" or "on the ground that" if only one 'ground' is given? Bob Bob 61 1 1 gold badge 1 1 silver badge 2 2 bronze badges. You should probably write on the grounds on the ground that it will be easier to understand what you mean.
But OTOH, it probably doesn't matter either way. Use either, but be aware that grounds is the more usual. A related question involves use of the definite article before grounds ; see 'on grounds of' vs 'on the grounds of'. I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because April Fools. FumbleFingers FumbleFingers k 37 37 gold badges silver badges bronze badges. This chart is nice but it doesn't make any consideration for whether the phrase Darker Days Ahead - Blackchord - Dark Revelations comes after "that" is actually plural or singular.
Maybe we just gradually started thinking of multiple grounds on which to refuse someone, which would naturally cause "grounds" to NeuroziZ - Stay On The Ground the standard. But we ask "Do you have a job?
Brandin: Gimmie a break! Are you seriously suggesting that usage might have changed so much because we're more likely to be talking about multiple reasons today than a century ago? My guess is in the vast majority of cases, only one "ground" is or ever was cited by the following text, but it would be irrelevant exactly what the ratio is, since there's no reason to suppose that would ever change significantly over time.
Yes, plural is more common than singular. If you think about it, there is only one case for singular to occur the number NeuroziZ - Stay On The Ground wheras plural happens pretty much by default. BTW, another possibility for your chart is that the samples before simply had more singular examples, and post we have more plural examples.
You'd really have to see what comes after "that" to say any more. Brandin: You seem to be just repeating the same imho spurious suggestion. I started my graph frombut if you extend it back to, say,you'll see that the plural form was virtually unknown in the earlier century.
Looking at the first page of recent instances for groundsI find 8 that unquestionably cite a single "ground". Both the other two effectively cite a single reason, but using syntax that might feasibly but imho spuriously be taken to imply two reasons NeuroziZ - Stay On The Ground think in Hold Tight - Stone McWall And The Patterson Racin Band - Crashtime For Devils, the second element just "amplifies" on the point already made.
If you think about it," NeuroziZ - Stay On The Ground not really how frequencies work. For example, there are exponentially more firstborn children than second born. In any case, here's how natural frequencies tend to work irrespective of year. Featured on Meta.
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