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Questions about nouns that have only plural forms such as 𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑙𝑒, 𝑝𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑠, 𝑠𝑐𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑜𝑟𝑠, or 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑎𝑙𝑠 just to name a few. These can lead to periphrastic singulars such as a single head of cattle, or a pair of pants or scissors, or a set of genitals. 𝑃𝑙𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑎 𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑢𝑚 is the plural Latin term for several such terms; a 𝑝𝑙𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑙𝑒 𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑢𝑚 is just one of them.

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When to use "profit" vs. "profits"?

I have noticed that some authors refer to the amount of money that a firm makes (net of costs) as "the firm's profit," while other authors refer to it as "the firm's profits." For example, consider ...
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Do you find "only belongings of somebody" a little bit wierd?

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.
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