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Is "many" grammatically viable in front of plural-only nouns?

The Original Poster's diligent research has provided us with a clear answer to the main question. Many is used frequently in front of plural only nouns. And, as demonstrated, it's used by respectable ...
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Looking for a term that is ambiguous whether it's singular or plural of person

One approach is to use a class of noun that has an adjectival derivation (which in English does not reveal its number as it would in many other languages). Examples of this type that are in the same ...
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Is "many" grammatically viable in front of plural-only nouns?

There are certain nouns in English that are plural only and have no singular equivalents. Some such as trousers, scissors, pajamas, pantyhose, shears, binoculars, headphones, etc. [but…] clothes, ...
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Is "many" grammatically viable in front of plural-only nouns?

An authoritative source is Quirk et al. (1985). A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. The part of the book dealing with number has a section (5.77) with the title (Bb) Pluralia tantum ...
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What is it, Million or Mega?

The abbreviations for monetary values seen in newspaper headlines and other contexts formed from multiple sources: K for thousand, from kilo- (Merriam-Webster) M for million, from million (Wiktionary)...
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"A base of ..." plural or singular

Grows. Figure out what the subject of the sentence is (who is growing? The base or the users? Answer: it's the base) Take out all of the extra words and see what makes sense: The base grow The base ...
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Is "many" grammatically viable in front of plural-only nouns?

Your question seems to be based on this mistaken premise: ...unlike a lot or lots, many is almost always said to be compatible with only countable nouns... Says who? Countable nouns, by definition, ...
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Looking for a term that is ambiguous whether it's singular or plural of person

Preamble Apologies for posting two answers to the same question, but this one is fundamentally different in type from my other one. I find it less interesting or apposite, but add it because it ...
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Looking for a term that is ambiguous whether it's singular or plural of person

You can consider the word folk. It looks singular but it means plural as it is a collective noun for people. It never refers to a single person. Although it is mostly used in plural form as folks ...
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"power of persuasion" (singular) vs. "powers of persuasion" (plural)

They're probably interchangeable in general, but I think the singular form refers to a general ability to persuade, while the plural form refers to a number of different techniques (flattery, coercion,...
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