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Garner reads

Although enough modifies either count nouns or mass nouns, enough stamina, sufficient should modify only mass nouns, so the usage problem can be solved by making it sufficient numbers of.

There are exceptions to the general rule: sufficient (or more often insufficient) funds.

Mass noun: Also termed noncount/uncountable noun

Is numbers a mass noun? For the AHD, both numbers and funds are "plural only" nouns.

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    It’s saying that “numbers of” can be used to coerce count nouns to mass nouns, not that “numbers” itself is mass. I don’t know if I buy that such coercion results in a mass noun, but to give an example, it’s saying “sufficient cars” is infelicitous, because car is a count noun, but it can be made felicitous by using “numbers of”, as in “sufficient numbers of cars”. Make sense now?
    – Dan Bron
    Aug 12 '21 at 12:44
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    @DanBron Please answer in the answer box. It helps the system keep track of which questions are satisfied and which aren't. A frame challenge is an acceptable answer.
    – Andrew Leach
    Aug 12 '21 at 12:46
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    Nah, this doesn't deserve an official answer. The mistake is in treating Garner as an authority. This is just one of his crochets, and there's no reason to try to dissect it like a bible verse. Garner never learned about quantifiers; he thinks "mass/count" is pretty modern. Aug 12 '21 at 14:17
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Is numbers a mass noun?

No, "numbers" is not a mass noun. You can simply consult the major learner's dictionaries, which provide more grammatical information than normal dictionaries, e.g., Oxford or MW.

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