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    Can "heaven" be plural? If so, what is such a case?

    gz177)Romeo and Juliet arrived early at the cell of Friar Lawrence, where they were joined in holy marriage - the good friar praying for the heavens to smile upon that act...

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    Default Re: the heavens

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Can "heaven" be plural? If so, what is such a case?

    gz177)Romeo and Juliet arrived early at the cell of Friar Lawrence, where they were joined in holy marriage - the good friar praying for the heavens to smile upon that act...
    Definition of heavens | Collins English Dictionary

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...lish/heavens_2

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    Default Re: the heavens

    Yes, in just the same way as mainstream religions would all say there is one God but we talk about 'the gods are smiling on us' taking a non-philosophical view that there are lots of gods (small g!) I guess if each god lives in a heaven then we can have heavens :)

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    Default Re: the heavens

    And when it just means 'the sky' (not in you R&J quote, but in, for example 'They had just got back from shopping when the heavens opened' [=it started raining very hard]) it's often plural.

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