RE: plural form of 'equipment' ?

Subject: RE: plural form of 'equipment' ?
From: "James Jones" <doc-x -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 11:03:28 -0500

Although adding 's' or 'es' often makes a plural in English, for equipment
the only correct pluralization is 'pieces of equipment' I think (or boxes of
equipment...). The word 'equipment' is what they call a mass noun (as
opposed to a count noun).

Jim Jones

-----Original Message-----
... 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...


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