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singular or plural?

The purpose of this research is to suggest a method to mitigate damages from ( ).
1. an earthquake
2. earthquakes
3. earthquake

I just made a sentence to ask a question.
What would be suitable among above three in the blank?
I wanted to express not a particular earthquake, but general earthquakes that may happen in the future.
Thank you for teaching me. Any other corrections would be appreciated.

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    Since you want to talk about them in general, you would use "earthquakes."

     

    Yes, earthquakes would be correct for this context. When you want to talk about anything in a general sense like this, regardless of tense (past, present, future), you always want to use the plural form.

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