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    plural

    Dear all,

    In the sentence below, I extracted from the economist, why don't they use "suffered from poor hardwares" since phones are plural?

    "Some earlier Windows phones suffered from poor hardware"

    Thank you

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    Re: plural

    The word ware by itself can be pluralized to form wares, as in "I am interested in purchasing some of your wares."

    However, when ware is part of a compound noun, it becomes uncountable (as far as I can tell).

    Off the top of my head, kitchenware, software, hardware, malware, and spyware are all uncountable, so they all remain in the singular form. (If there are exceptions here, I would be interested in hearing them!)

    "Telephone" is unrelated to the word "hardware." You can count telephones when you walk into a store, but you cannot count hardware, strangely. You can count pieces of hardware though.

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