is the word pollution singular or plural ?

The confusion delivered when making these statement "pollution makes money, disease makes opportunity"

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    In my mind it must be singular. Otherwise how could Captain Planet take pollution down to zero? – Ronan Apr 1 '14 at 10:25
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    A group of researchers found that trans-Pacific air pollution is a hidden price of the goods sent abroad... - NYT – anongoodnurse Apr 1 '14 at 10:35
  • possible duplicate of Nationality as mass noun – Mitch Apr 1 '14 at 12:48
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    'Pollution' is a 'mass noun' which means grammatically it acts like a singular even though you can't see 'one' of them. See many examples explained here for example nationality. – Mitch Apr 1 '14 at 12:50
  • Because ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎unicornucopia. – tchrist Apr 1 '14 at 13:14

Pollution is definitely singular, much like other uncountable nouns, such as weather, love, information, water, furniture...

Perhaps one thing that confused you is whether "pollution" is an abstract or concrete concept: but in fact, both abstract concepts (like love) and concrete objects (like water) can be uncountable. Weather and pollution seem to me to be in a vague middle ground, since we could argue both ways.

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