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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    Appearances can be deceiving

    Why appearances can be deceiving and not appearance can be deceiving?
    From this http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...?q=appearances I know that appearance can be used uncountably or countably.
    What I understand is that "appearances can be deceiving" is about appearance in general so why not use the uncountable?


    Also, these are examples provided by the web translator and how I perceive it:
    You can change the whole appearance of a room by just lighting it in certain way. - uncountable.
    There was nothing unusual about her physical appearance. - uncountable.
    the large car outside the house gave the appearance of wealth. - uncountable.
    Aside from the dashes, am I wrong about these?

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    #2

    Re: Appearances can be deceiving

    Idiomatic.

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    #3

    Re: Appearances can be deceiving

    In that phrase, we use "appearances" because we are not talking about a single case. It happens with many different appearances.

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    Re: Appearances can be deceiving

    It's a general statement. You could use appearance when talking about a specific case.

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