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When there are many of things what of the following will be correct:

  • thing count, thing collection, ... (singular thing)
  • thing*s* count, thing*s* collection, ... (plural things) ?
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marked as duplicate by RegDwigнt Aug 24 '12 at 14:16

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You would use the singular form before collection because you are describing the singular type of the collection, like an adjective. After, you would use plural, because you are describing what comprises the collection. For example:

A doll collection

A stamp collection


A collection of dolls

A collection of stamps

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