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If the term Little improvement refers to the stagnance of progress, and Little improvements refer to a number of small additions, what is the plural of many stagnances of progress?

As in, "You have very little improvement. All of you have __ __!"

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Because little improvement, with no article, is an uncountable mass noun, it has no plural and stays the same when shared by several people:

Caesar and Pompeius have shown little improvement.

It is similar to other abstract words, like love and compassion:

Cleopatra and Agrippina had little compassion for those who could use it.

But they gave much love to those they could use.

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In your first example, improvement is not some countable thing. So if a lot of people each show little improvement, then collectively they all show little improvement. (Also note that in that sense of improvement, you normally show, exhibit, or achieve it; rather than have it.)

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Unless this is a trick question, "None of you have any improvement"?

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