Can countryside, clothing, and furniture be plural nouns?

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As the question has stated, I often get confused when using those words in the sentence. 

 

Can you give me clear and specific explanation? 

 

Thank you very much!

asked Aug 09 '13 at 03:13 ducdang123 Contributor

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I could see 'countrysides' happening, such as

 

Many nations' countrysides are being lost to urban sprawl.

 

You can say "the countryside" which describes a region—a single region—even if you're not being specific about where.

 

But 'clothing' and 'furniture' are already plural nouns. These words represent collections of similar items, which will always intrinsically be plural.

 

Discerning 'countable/counting' and 'non-/uncountable/non-counting' nouns can be tricky but is worth practicing, and is related to this question.

link comment answered Aug 09 '13 at 18:00 Greg deJong Contributor

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