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    kohyoongliat is offline Senior Member
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    Default plural or singular?

    This household certainly uses a lot of creams.

    Is 'creams' correct? I was told me it is correct, but I wonder whether it is because two of my dictionaries state that 'cream' is uncountable.

    Many thanks.

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    Default Re: plural or singular?

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    This household certainly uses a lot of creams.

    Is 'creams' correct? I was told me it is correct, but I wonder whether it is because two of my dictionaries state that 'cream' is uncountable.

    Many thanks.
    Material nouns become countable when they denote:
    a) a sort, e.g. This shop sells different wines.
    b) a portion e.g. Bartender, two wines, please.

    It is possible that in your sentence 'creams' indicate different sorts of cream.

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    Default Re: plural or singular?

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    This household certainly uses a lot of creams.

    Is 'creams' correct? I was told me it is correct, but I wonder whether it is because two of my dictionaries state that 'cream' is uncountable.

    Many thanks.
    I think that here we are talking about face/body creams as opposed to "cream" the comestible product of milk.

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