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    cabbage

    I found this sentence.

    his sources include a surprisingly knowledgeable merchant of cabbage

    Why does cabbage pluralized.
    It makes more sense someone is selling more than one cabbage


    his sources include a surprisingly knowledgeable merchant of cabbages

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    Re: cabbage

    The word “cabbage” as quoted by you is not pluralized in the sentence? “Cabbage” could also mean money or cash.

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    Re: cabbage

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I found this sentence.

    his sources include a surprisingly knowledgeable merchant of cabbage

    Why does cabbage pluralized.
    It makes more sense someone is selling more than one cabbage

    his sources include a surprisingly knowledgeable merchant of cabbages
    Some vegetables you don't need the plural for unless you are specifically referring to more than one of them.
    So,
    1. "Do you eat cabbage, pumpkin, lettuce"
    But
    2. "Do you eat tomatoes, carrots, peas, beans?"
    In 1. all the vegetables are large, and you would not eat a full one. So it means "some cabbage".
    In 2. you could eat multiples of these vegetables.
    You'll find that "a merchant of <vegetable>" follows these rules. (But I wouldn't swear that this is the reason!)

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