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    Equipment & information, singular or plural

    Some nouns cannot have plural form. Are equipment & information two of them? Could you show a couple more? A search of the Internet still shows a couple thousands of "Lots of informations," and some "lots of equipments." Are they wrong?

    Microsoft Word flags "informations" as a spelling error, but not "equipments."

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    Re: Equipment & information, singular or plural

    Quote Originally Posted by bmo
    Some nouns cannot have plural form. Are equipment & information two of them? Could you show a couple more? A search of the Internet still shows a couple thousands of "Lots of informations," and some "lots of equipments." Are they wrong?

    Microsoft Word flags "informations" as a spelling error, but not "equipments."

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    One should be careful about saying "never" when it comes to language. Webster's lists a plural form for both words, although they would be used very rarely. Thare is a meaning of "information" that means a gard jury complaint. In this sense, one could have "informations". It is possible to pluralize "equipment" but it is rarely done. The two factories contained similar equipments (the singular also works).

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    I agree with Mike. We would most likely say I need some some information and not I need some informations. Also, we would say I need some equipment and not I need some equipments.

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    Information & equipment

    Thanks to both of you. Hope I can keep what I learn. BMO

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    I did once see 'information' used in the plural- in Gulliver's Travels, which is a couple of hundred years old. Still, it is the only time I have actually seen it.

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