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Having "zero" before "plurals" does not necessarily mean zero-quantity. You use zero but still, talk about an "abstract collection". You may find many examples in English. E.g:

I do not have any books


The plural is commonly used after "zero" when identifying a quantity of things. Eg, one might say "There are zero apples in that basket."

As has been suggested in a comment, however, the singular is used when constructing a modifier phrase, as in "We had a zero-apple harvest from that tree."

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