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    Question Why is 'attention' in plural form?

    Hi! This is an excerpt from a reader to a columnist of the Daily Mail. I found the word- attention is uncoutable as the Cambridge Dictionary indicates. Is it correct to use plural form for attention in the following context where I highlight in red? Thank you.


    She realised that I was not going to leave easily, and pushed her attentions onto my husband's single cousin whom she then married (therefore she now has the same married name as me). Eight years later, my husband restarted his relationship with this woman. It was lie after lie after lie, until I had proof in black and white, and more lies followed even then.
    BEL MOONEY: How can I ever trust again after so many lies? | Mail Online


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    Re: Why is 'attention' in plural form?

    Because it conveys the authors meaning better. Attention in the singular could have been used here, but the author uses plurality to imply that attention takes several forms. He could have said she uses her charm on him, but because she has many pleasing attributes, she uses her charms.

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    Re: Why is 'attention' in plural form?

    Hello Thod,

    Thank you for your help again.

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    Re: Why is 'attention' in plural form?

    Hi again, look it is listed on WR with its plural use:

    attentions:
    Compound Forms:
    pay marked attentions to sb
    attentions:

    3 (in pl.) a. ceremonious politeness (he paid his attentions to her). b. wooing, courting (she was the subject of his attentions).

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    Re: Why is 'attention' in plural form?

    Hi Heidita,

    Thank you for the information. They are helpful.

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