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If I say

We have a total of 10 paints in the following categories "

10 Matt and egg shell paints

Does that list make sense or does it read as if I have 10 Matt paints and 10 egg shell paints totaling 20 paints (the actual list is about 100 paints broken into categories).

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  • If you say that you're confusing the heck out your reader. You have 10 categories of paint.
    – Hot Licks
    Jun 22 '20 at 20:58
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    The word total lets the reader know that you have 10 of matte or eggshell finish. Jun 23 '20 at 0:41
  • Maybe it’s 10 paints in the following category: Matte and eggshell. (Matte is a finish; is eggshell a finish, not a color?)
    – Xanne
    Jun 23 '20 at 1:56
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    It does make sense but it's not very informative. It could mean that you have 9 matt and 1 eggshell, 1 matt and 9 eggshell or any combination in between. It would be better to be specific.
    – BoldBen
    Jun 23 '20 at 4:20
  • @BoldBen I agree with that but I only have a limited amount of space for the text and 100 paints so i am trying to break that down into manageable amounts.
    – Naz
    Jun 23 '20 at 11:15
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Paint is a non-countable object, like water. Most liquids and fine powders are not countable. When the noun is uncountable, you have to use a word that is countable, and that word gets changes to plural. For "paint," some examples are below:

10 types of paint

10 colors of paint

10 buckets of paint

10 liters of paint

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  • But aren't liquids and powders non-countable as well?
    – Hot Licks
    Jun 23 '20 at 0:25
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    I think paints is correct here, as it would be in “10 blue paints.”
    – Xanne
    Jun 23 '20 at 1:58

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