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It seems more natural to say endless "lengths" of cable rather than endless "length" of cable. Why do we need to make it plural?

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  • If there's more than one cable, and they're all super long, then yes, you'd say "endless lengths of cable", plural, because there is more than one cable (cable is being treated as a mass noun and length as a count noun meaning "a stretch of something"). If there's only one cable, you'd say "an endless length of cable", or simply "an endless cable" (both singular).
    – Dan Bron
    Jul 8 '15 at 15:15
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    endless is semi-plural so use lengths
    – JMP
    Jul 8 '15 at 15:35
  • What is semi-plural?
    – Charlie
    Jul 8 '15 at 15:37
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A length of cable is an item that might be a five foot bit of cable, or a three foot bit of cable, that is to say, a piece or portion of cable.

If you say lengths of cable, then you're talking about multiple pieces.

So an endless length of cable is a run cable that goes on forever, whereas endless lengths of cable would be a unending number of cables or cable pieces.

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