Re: plural form of 'equipment' ?

Subject: Re: plural form of 'equipment' ?
From: linda_sims -at- vanguard -dot- com
To: Gérald Bourguignon <GBourguignon -at- tso3 -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 11:48:08 -0400

Gérald Bourguignon wrote on 07/17/2006 11:44:31 AM:

> Hello.
> 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.

For most nouns in English, adding 's' is the way to go. However, the word
'equipment', like 'sheep', can be both singular and plural, and the reader
is left to determine which it is from context.

In your example, 'several pieces of equipment' is correct.

Lin Sims
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