grounds

ground, grounds
Both the singular and the plural are used in the expressions on the ground (or grounds) that, and grounds is more common in the expression grounds for (complaint etc.):

• Occupations that various insurance companies consider to be grounds for rejection of applications for auto insurance…included…paperhangers,…sports coaches and assistants, travelling salesmen,…and doctors —New Yorker, 1975

• The Post Office tried to register the name Viewdata for its product but this was refused on the ground that it was too all-embracing a title —Guardian, 1979

• Fundamentalist Jews are limbering up to oppose the plan on the grounds that it will depict scenes from the New Testament as well as the Old —Daily Telegraph, 1985

• If you think you have grounds for complaint, you must first write to the firm that sold the policy —Sunday Times, 2004.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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