Posted by **John** on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 9:03pm.

How do you spend your money?

- I spend my money on _______.

1. novel books, poem books, essay books

2. novels, poems, essays.

(In the blank, which ones are suitable, #1 or #2? Thank you.)

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**coolcat**, Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 9:04pm
#2 because novels are books

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**Writeacher**, Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 9:05pm
2 is correct; 1 is not.

A couple of alternatives for #1, however, are these, but they're awkward:

... books of poems.

... books of essays.

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**Ms. Sue**, Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 9:06pm
# 2 is better.

It would be better to say:

I spend my money on books which include novels, poems, and essays.

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**John**, Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 9:11pm
Thank you.

What about storybooks, science books, or history books?

1. I spent my money on story.

2. I spent my money on storybooks.

(Which one do I have to use?)

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**Writeacher**, Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 9:15pm
In this case, #2 is correct.

There are different types of books, of course. Collections that have stories, poems, drama, etc., in them are called anthologies.

Science and history books are usually (but not always) textbooks.

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