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I'm looking for a way to identify a specific amount of feedback items I'm visualizing in a list.

The construction of the sentence needs to be generic, so I can't use something like Feedback received 14 times. What I'm actually looking for is something in a similar form to Showing 14 received feedbacks. The problem here is that feedback appears to be an uncountable noun, so it would be incorrect to pluralise it into feedbacks. A similar idea would be Showing 14 feedback points, but this compound might not be simple or flexible enough.

Is there a succint way to express feedback in plural?

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Showing 14 feedback reports/items. –  Jim Jun 9 at 1:23
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Fourteen pieces of feedback? Or informally, 'chunks'. –  neubau Jun 9 at 3:16
    
[MASS NOUN] oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/feedback See the examples listed too. –  Kris Jun 9 at 5:27

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Feedback, as you acknowledge, is not a countable noun. Therefore, to indicate plurality it is necessary to attach it to something that does have a plural form.

  • Feedback from 14 sources (or respondents, participants, etc.
  • Fourteen feedback messages
  • Fourteen instances of feedback

I do see some indications online (blogposts and the like) that feedback may be considered by some to be a countable noun now and that a plural form, feedbacks, may be used. However, it seems awkward to my eye and ear--no doubt due to unfamiliarity.

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I think the term originally given -- feedback items -- is the appropriate venereal term. –  John Lawler Jun 9 at 3:54
    
You do not seem to have consulted a dictionary to resolve the "unfamiliarity." –  Kris Jun 9 at 5:28
    
I've never seen a noun move from being 'not a countable noun' to 'may be considered by some to be a countable noun' so quickly. How does a self-contradictory answer get even a single upvote? This answer at english forums seems more accurate if equally unattested. Wiktionary says that the French, having borrowed the word, use the plural count noun. –  Edwin Ashworth Jun 9 at 6:42
    
@ Edwin Ashworth. I did come across the answer you cite at english forums, and, although it reports on some apparent usage of feedbacks, I did not find it persuasive. Nevertheless, I should have cited it under the guise of "showing my work" (such as it was). Is my answer self-contradictory? Yes. Isn't language? –  GMB Jun 9 at 11:13

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