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    Smile shot vs shots

    Gunny punched the gas, the wheels spit gravel, and Spader and I were thrown back in the seat. But we weren't safe yet. Two more explosion sounded, and the doors of the car were slammed with shot.
    "Stay down!" Gunny commanded. He didn't need to. Spader and I were already down on the floor with all the shattered glass from the rear window. Three more shots were fired, but this time, only one hit the car.
    Please explain why "slammed with shot" not "slammed with shots"? Why is "shot" suddenly uncountable? Thanks in advance!


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    Re: shot vs shots

    There are a number of errors in that paragraph.

    Perhaps the author meant to write, "...and the doors were slammed shut."

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    Smile Re: shot vs shots

    Quote Originally Posted by Editors4Writers View Post
    There are a number of errors in that paragraph.
    Can you be a bit more specific?

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    Re: shot vs shots

    Quote Originally Posted by yuriya View Post
    Please explain why "slammed with shot" not "slammed with shots"? Why is "shot" suddenly uncountable? Thanks in advance!
    Lead shot is a collective term for small balls of lead.
    Lead shot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    "Shot" in this sense has always been uncountable. What is sudden is your coming upon an example of this usage.


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    Re: shot vs shots

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Lead shot is a collective term for small balls of lead.
    Lead shot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    "Shot" in this sense has always been uncountable. What is sudden is your coming upon an example of this usage.
    I find this usage very odd. Sounds like he or she is reading an antiquated novel.

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    Re: shot vs shots

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post

    "Shot" in this sense has always been uncountable.
    That's right, Raymott.

    A shotgun is a gun that fires shot.

    Just like a paintgun, a pellet gun, a BB gun and a water pistol fire . . . .

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 22-Jun-2010 at 18:24.

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