"Feedback" a count noun?

FRITZ JUENGLING juengling_fritz at SALKEIZ.K12.OR.US
Wed Dec 15 18:45:05 UTC 2004

The first one doesn't bother me as a plural, cf. operations (just as we no longer have medicine, but medication, we also no longer have operations, but surgeries).  In German, homework, information, research can be both singular and plural.
Mathematics can be plural in some English dialects. Just as Americans shorten mathematics to math, those who use it as a plural shorten it to maths. I believe all Antipodean dialects do this, but I am not sure about the UK or India.

>>> flanigan at OHIO.EDU 12/15/04 10:12AM >>>
Compare surgeries, homeworks, informations, researches. . . .  The first is
now common (not so in my youth); the other three are common among L2
speakers of English; and the second one is now spreading to native speakers
as well (my TAs use it).

At 10:12 PM 12/14/2004 -0500, you wrote:
>Good point. Thanks. I haven't seen it, probably because I'm not on eBay
>much. I'm afraid of getting addicted. But it makes perfect sense in
>that context and its extension to other contexts would be only a matter
>of time.
>On Dec 14, 2004, at 6:51 PM, FRITZ JUENGLING wrote:
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>>What's wrong with that?--used in E-bay-ese all the time.
>>>>>wilson.gray at RCN.COM 12/14/04 03:29PM >>>
>>Heard on local TV news:
>>"Ask any of my [former] teammates about me. You won't get too many
>>negative feedbacks."
>>-Wilson Gray

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