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Tucker asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 2 months ago

Can "labor" be plural as in "labors"?

As in: He worked so hard and he isn't paid well for his labors.

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  • Pontus
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    Usually no.  In modern usage, labor is uncountable.

    However, there are the 12 labors of Hercules, so it CAN be plural, under a specific meaning, but it's rarely done these days.

    To say it is never plural is clearly false.

    It doesn't work in your example. 

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    • Pontus
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      It doesn't mean it isn't either.  Languages also change over time.   My answer stands.

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  • 2 months ago

    It can be, but it would be most unusual.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    No, there is no plural of "labor" because it isn't countable. Just like the word "information".

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  • 2 months ago

    No. It is like people and peoples proper English please.

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  • JJ
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Yes, there are the 12 Labors of Hercules

    • Brisco
      Lv 4
      2 months agoReport

      That's a poetic/literary use. In spoken modern English, there is no plural of "labor".

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