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    Why use "compromises" but not "compromise"?

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    Acknowledgments

    After years of intensive labor, sacrifice, frustration,
    compromises and deception, this book is finally published and
    available in bookstores everywhere. I wish to take a moment and
    pay homage to those who truly believed in this crusade.
    To Jack Canfield, coauthor of the phenomenal bestseller
    Chicken Soup for the Soul, for his extreme kindness and opening
    a big door. Jack is indeed a rare entity who, without reservation,
    assists more individuals in a single day than many of us can help
    in a lifetime. Bless you Sir.

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    #2

    Re: Why use "compromises" but not "compromise"?

    The author had to compromise more than once. There were multiple compromises.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Why use "compromises" but not "compromise"?

    Mind you, it could be used uncountably- compromise ​also sounds fine to me there.

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    Re: Why use "compromises" but not "compromise"?

    I imagine the author had to make more than one sacrifice too, yet has chosen the uncountable "sacrifice", not "sacrifices". For me, the use of "compromises" doesn't really fit with the rest of the sentence. I wouldn't go so far as to call it an error, I would just say that it would have been more consistent if the writer had used "compromise".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Why use "compromises" but not "compromise"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I imagine the author had to make more than one sacrifice too, yet has chosen the uncountable "sacrifice", not "sacrifices". For me, the use of "compromises" doesn't really fit with the rest of the sentence. I wouldn't go so far as to call it an error, I would just say that it would have been more consistent if the writer had used "compromise".
    You've taken the words out of my mouth.
    Consistency rocks.

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