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In fact, some mass nouns in English can be given plurals too, with the same sort of meaning change, we can say that crude oil consists of multiple oils. We can say that copper, aluminium, tin and iron are different metals. But not all mass nouns in English can meaningfully be given a plural if you think about it.

Although we do have the expression 'the woods' we must say 'a piece of wood'. And although we have the expression 'hot coals' we must say 'a piece of coal'.

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17 hours ago, Myrtonos said:

In fact, some mass nouns in English can be given plurals too, with the same sort of meaning change, we can say that crude oil consists of multiple oils. We can say that copper, aluminium, tin and iron are different metals. But not all mass nouns in English can meaningfully be given a plural if you think about it.

Although we do have the expression 'the woods' we must say 'a piece of wood'. And although we have the expression 'hot coals' we must say 'a piece of coal'.

Indeed.

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