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    Noun '---ING' is always uncountable?

    Is a noun ending with '---ING' always uncountable?

    Is there any exception?

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    Re: Noun '---ING' is always uncountable?

    In -ing, to my knowledge, yes. Gerunds are singular nouns:

    EX: Swimming is . . . => It is . . .

    In -ings, no. Some nouns ending in -ing are not gerunds. They take plural -s,

    EX: The cake trimming is . . . => It is . . .
    EX: The tree trimmings are . . . => They are . . .

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