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?


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 '14 at 3:54
  • You do not seem to have consulted a dictionary to resolve the "unfamiliarity." – Kris Jun 9 '14 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 '14 at 6:42
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    @ 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 '14 at 11:13
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    @EdwinAshworth -- This feedback is a bit late, but feedbacks is widely used in the technical literature when multiple feedback mechanisms are present at once. For example, see nature.com/nature/journal/v408/n6809/full/408184a0.html , onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1465-7295.1969.tb01462.x/… , sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0167691193900333 . – David Hammen Jul 7 '16 at 19:39

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