Singular vs. plural in "Different {type / types} of {question / questions}"

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Different types of questions

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Different type of questions

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Different types of question

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Different type of question.

Can anybody tell me, which one is the correct usage?

kick bhatwoski

Posted 2015-10-25T08:14:46.473

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Question was closed 2016-09-04T20:31:25.707

First one is the best of `em all. – Usernew – 2015-10-25T09:22:12.843

"The first one. . ." – shin – 2015-10-25T13:47:46.913

Answers

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I think they are all valid, depending on context.

Different types of questions

"There are many different types of of questions in the examinations." This relates to the plurality of both words, there are many types of question in many examinations.

Different type of questions

(I cannot think of an example for this version. All my attempts worked better without the "s" on "questions".)

Different types of question

"The examination has many different types of question." This relates to the plurality of "examination", there is one examination in this case, but it has many questions.

Different type of question.

"To understand xxx requires a different type of question [than the one you are asking]." or "... [than those that you are asking].

AdrianHHH

Posted 2015-10-25T08:14:46.473

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Re. you second quote: "We have been asking yes-no for a while, now let's move on to a different type of questions: Open questions." – Stephie – 2015-10-25T09:46:45.710

Thanks for the idea @Stephie but I would prefer "question" (singular) in that sentence. For all the example sentences I tried there, the singular form seemed best. – AdrianHHH – 2015-10-25T19:26:08.080