plural form of 'equipment' ?

Subject: plural form of 'equipment' ?
From: Gérald Bourguignon <GBourguignon -at- tso3 -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 11:44:31 -0400


The answer to this question isn't obvious to me after checking Webster's, so here goes ...

I am writing, or rather translating from the original French version, a document that talks about measuring, inspection and test equipment. Can I write, for example, 'several equipments' or do I need to write 'several pieces of equipment' ? I had written the latter because 'equipments' sounded odd to me, but now I'm wondering if one can use a plural form of 'equipment' in English by simply adding an 's', as can be done in French.

Thanks in advance.

Gerald Bourguignon
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