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    #1

    Is this plural valid in this sentence?

    In the following sentence:

    The vocabulary has none of the .......... and ambiguities of a natural language, so why has Esperanto not thrived?

    The correct answer is complexity.

    Could it also be complexities? That's what I wrote.

    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: Is this plural valid in this sentence?

    One could argue either, but I would choose "complexity".

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    #3

    Re: Is this plural valid in this sentence?

    But what makes you choose "complexity" over "complexities"? Is there a rule in this situations?

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    Re: Is this plural valid in this sentence?

    I'd choose "complexities" in that sentence too - either "complexities and ambiguities" or "complexity and ambiguity". It doesn't matter which.

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    #5

    Re: Is this plural valid in this sentence?

    I would chose the singular because it seems to call for the uncountable version there. Other tastes may differ.

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    #6

    Re: Is this plural valid in this sentence?

    I can see a language having more than one instance of ambiguity. So a countable "ambiguities" works.

    On the other hand, if it is complex, it is complex. It does not have one complexity here and another complexity over there. It is complex, therefore it has complexity.

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