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This is direct quote from an email to me. I wonder if the words joy and pain should be in singular
instead: -

"They will have a heart-to-heart with us about the joys and pains of primary Engish teaching in
Hong Kong."
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"Benotbe" <[email protected]> burbled news:[email protected]:

[q1]> This is direct quote from an email to me. I wonder if the words joy and pain should be in singular[/q1]
[q1]> instead: -[/q1]
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[q1]> "They will have a heart-to-heart with us about the joys and pains of primary Engish teaching in[/q1]
[q1]> Hong Kong."[/q1]

Sure is correct. "joy" and "pain" are both count nouns as well as non- count nouns. They could both
be in the singular and still be correct, but it gives a slightly different nuance to the sentence.
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