operation vs operations

please help me to clarify what is difference between “Operation” and “Operations”?


Operation is singular and operations is plural. We need more context to give you a more precise answer.[YSaerTTEW443543]

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here is on context which contains “operations” but not “operation”
In oil-producing operations, it is often desirable to inject water or steam into the formation to improve oil recovery

With a count (pluralizable) noun it is necessary to use an article before the singular form or use the noun itself in its plural form. So ‘operations’ is correct here. Alternately, you could also say: In an oil-producing operation, it is often desirable to inject water or steam into the formation to improve oil recovery.

In the sentence you provided, the plural form ‘operations’ is used because it refers to a variety of different methods of producing oil rather than to just one.[YSaerTTEW443543]

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thanks for your help

by the way, please correct me which one is better: " I visit there for routine operations" or “I visit there for routine works”

I visit there for routine work.

“I visit there” sounds strange to me my German ears.[YSaerTTEW443543]

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The poster may have meant ‘his office’ by ‘there’. Even then, visit and routine do not go together. Better still, to my Indian ears, is:
I go there for my routine work. OR I go to the office and do my routine work there.
(What do you say, Torsten? Initially my concentration was on ‘works’ which is incorrect)

I visit the base/the building/the company/ the department/the depot to carry out routine work.

This sounds good to my beautiful German ears.[YSaerTTEW443543]

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Something more to make your ears tingle - simply omit ‘there’ altogether - I only visit for routine work.


Now my ears are tingling with utter joy.[YSaerTTEW443543]

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I think ‘I visit that place for routine work’ would do more justice to the poster’s thought as well as your advice to avoid ‘there’.

I agree. Leaving out a noun (which is required, rather than ‘there’) doesn’t necessarily fully explain the original. Whether it could be left out would depend on what was said previously.