In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are based on areas of English (e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc) which learners often find difficult. Here is some advice about using the noun behaviour:
Behaviour is usually an uncountable网络斗牛游 noun, so it is rarely used in the plural:
✗ Parents should be able to prevent their children’s crimes or bad
✓ Parents should be able to prevent their children’s crimes or bad behaviour.
✗ The media often encourage violence and aggressive
✓ The media often encourage violence and aggressive behaviour.
The plural form ‘behaviours’ is a specialized term used in fields such as psychology, social science, and education. This use is much less common than the uncountable use:
In this chapter, we discuss strategies for dealing with the problem behaviours of young children.
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