In the sentence below, do you think it is weird to say "only belongings" for "belongings" is a collective noun.

The angry mob destroyed the man's only belongings.

  • or ..... the only belongings of the man.
    – user 66974
    Commented Jun 1, 2020 at 7:09
  • What did you find when you looked up the word only in a dictionary?
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Jun 1, 2020 at 7:10
  • 1
    Yes. It's idiomatic; '... all the man's belongings' works but doesn't sound as empathetic. ' ... all that he possessed [not a lot to begin with]'. Commented Jun 1, 2020 at 14:57


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.