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    Plural of "usage"

    Is there a plural for the word "usage"? Is "usages" a correct word?


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    Re: Plural of "usage"

    Yes

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    Re: Plural of "usage"

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    Is there a plural for the word "usage"? Is "usages" a correct word?
    The accepted plural for the word usage is uses, usage is traditionally uncountable, at least in BrE.

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    Re: Plural of "usage"

    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi MrK,

    usage = [uncountable and countable] the way that words are used in a language:
    [uncountable] the way in which something is used, or the amount of it that is used
    (the amount of something that is used, or the way that something is used)
    restrictions on water usage

    Ground and the different usages of the term Ground..

    The usage as a post-processor to a conventional receiver was one of the originally intended usages and this Linrad at SSB bandwidth in 2001 shows the same thing five years earlier.

    With excelent quality and very competitive prices we offer a wide range of wheat flour types and grades for different usages.

    Two Different Usages of the Term Information in the Study of Perception and Discrimination.

    Titles of God in the Bible and their different usages and meanings.

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    Re: Plural of "usage"

    Noun


    usages plural (Source; Wiktionary)


    1. Nonstandard plural of the usually uncountable noun usage.
    2. Plural of usage; uses.

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    Re: Plural of "usage"

    Quote Originally Posted by MrK View Post
    Is there a plural for the word "usage"? Is "usages" a correct word?
    "usages" has been used at least since 1297, MrK
    OED usage, n
    2. a. With a and pl.: An established or recognized mode of procedure, action, or conduct; a custom or practice; spec. one which has force in law. 1297 R. GLOUC. (Rolls) 3945 Vor hii hulde e olde vsages, at men wi men were Bi hom sulue & wymmen bi hom sulue. 13.. E.E. Allit. P. B. 710 Now haf ay skyfted my skyl & scorned nature, & henttez hem in heyng an vsage vn-clene.
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    1811
    Regul. & Orders Army 25 Well versed in the Usages and Customs of the Service. 1867 SMYTH Sailor's Word-bk. 708 Besides the general laws of merchants, there are certain commercial and seafaring usages which prevail in particular countries with the force of law. Underwriters are bound by usages.

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