Re: plural form of 'equipment' ?

Subject: Re: plural form of 'equipment' ?
From: linda_sims -at- vanguard -dot- com
To: Sandy Nicholson <sandy -at- ambertext -dot- co -dot- uk>
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 14:10:11 -0400

Sandy Nicholson wrote on 07/17/2006 02:00:37 PM:


> OK - but: (a) I suspect most people would talk about `breeds of
> sheep' and `species of fish' rather than `sheeps' and `fishes'; (b) I
> was referring specifically to Lin's (Linda's) assertion that
> `equipment', like `sheep', can be both singular and plural - so I was
> using `sheep' in the everyday sense of the word.


In my own defense, until today I had never, ever heard of count nouns or
mass nouns, though I know of collective nouns--and I'm a native
English-speaking, English major technical writer! I was taught that a
noun that could refer to either one or many of the same thing was a
collective noun. Obviously, something was left out of my education, and
I'm going to have to fix that.

(And yeah, I prefer Lin. The company e-mail is always set up with the
legal name, though.)

Lin Sims
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