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    Default Fabric / Fabrics

    I have read
    fabric noun (CLOTH) - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online
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    fabric - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online

    and it is extremely vague what the difference between fabric and fabricS is. Dictionaries often simply label them as C / U without further elaboration of the usage between the semantic differences between its countable and uncountable forms. I was thinking:
    fabric = a material - a concept and hence uncountable and shouldn't be pluralized
    fabrics = different types of fabrics? stressing the variety or pieces?

    However, the cambridge dictionaries online gave these confusing examples which don't support my distinction above.
    - dress fabric
    - cotton fabrics

    Could someone please shed more light on this please? There are also millions of examples like this and any pointers as to how we can easily distinguish between the two would greatly be appreciated because dictionaries don't often make such distinctions, as mentioned. VERY MANY THANKS

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    Default Re: Fabric / Fabrics

    fabric = a material - a concept and hence uncountable and shouldn't be pluralized
    fabrics = different types of fabrics? stressing the variety or pieces?

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    Default Re: Fabric / Fabrics

    Thanks for your reply

    How then can I understand
    - dress fabric
    - cotton fabrics
    The two examples given by the dictionary?

    Many Thanks

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    Default Re: Fabric / Fabrics

    1- Material used to make dresses (not suits)
    2- There are different types of fabric made from cotton- pure/mixed/easy iron, etc.

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