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    Is it correct to say “spendings”?

    I've checked the word spending in many dictionaries and they all say it's uncountable. For example:


    However, I've seen many examples of spendings in corpora such as COCA. For example:
    I think if you cut some government spendings and government itself, I think this will trickle on down to people that really need help.

    How can it be explained?

    P.S. Also asked here and here.
    Last edited by Mori; 09-Nov-2016 at 09:24.

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    Re: Is it correct to say “spendings”?

    It can be explained in two ways: firstly, the dictionary definitions are tendencies and not absolute rules, so most uncountable nouns can have plurals in certain contexts, and, secondly, there is a tendency to use plurals today that were not used in the past, while dictionaries look to confirm established forms rather than fashions that pass.

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    Re: Is it correct to say “spendings”?

    Mori, as a matter of courtesy, please tell us if you are asking the same question in other forums, and give us a link to it – like this.

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    #4

    Re: Is it correct to say “spendings”?

    The sample you've quoted looks like casual writing from an online forum. I see spendings in the quote as a typo or possibly the product of a non-native Anglophone.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Is it correct to say “spendings”?

    "Spendings" is extensively used by economists, but rarely by normal people.

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    Re: Is it correct to say “spendings”?

    Mori, as you have already been told (by ems) about posting in more than one forum:

    You are free to do so but it is only fair and polite to make it clear, when asking a question, that you have already asked it elsewhere and received responses, and to supply a link to those responses. Also, explaining why you found responses on another forum insufficient will help us.

    I see you also posted the question here. If you don't provide a link to your other questions, you are wasting the time of people who respond to a question that has already been satisfactorily answered elsewhere.

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    Re: Is it correct to say “spendings”?

    Mori, it would be a pity if you had to receive a ban for failing to respond to our very reasonable request.

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    Re: Is it correct to say “spendings”?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Mori, it would be a pity if you had to receive a ban for failing to respond to our very reasonable request.
    Added the links as you asked, but when I saved it, my post just disappeared! There seems to be a technical problem.

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