Which is correct?
The newspaper described the success of people like Bob and Joe.
The newspaper described the successes of people like Bob and Joe.
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It only takes a minute to sign up.Sign up to join this community
Both sentences are correct, since success can be used as a countable or uncountable noun.
Both are correct, but have slightly different meanings.
"Describing the success" of someone has a more general tone. For instance, the article might discuss Bob's overall career - e.g. "he rose to the top of his company and turned it into the worldwide market leader it is today."
"Describing the successes" of someone implies a discussion of each particular triumph. For instance, the article might discuss particular events in Bob's career - e.g. "his high-quality tender won his company the crucial widget contract with GloboCorp. He then was selected as team leader despite being the youngest on his team."
Both are correct in their own sense.
Success can be pronounced as the dual meaning to target one or more than one person i.e., countable as mentioned above.
Thank you for your interest in this question.
Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site (the association bonus does not count).
Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?