Difference between "a crowd" and "crowds"


Please let me know the difference between a crowd and crowds.


Posted 2014-05-31T14:05:22.623

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Crowd refers to a large group of people. Its plural crowds refers to large groups of people. For example,

There was a crowd in the east yesterday.

There were crowds in the east and west yesterday.

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Posted 2014-05-31T14:05:22.623

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this is like the fish and fishes question. A fish, Many fish (of same species), many fishes (different species).

similarly, a crowd (in a single location or of single species), many crowds (multiple locations or multiple species) – rukuto – 2019-01-21T23:04:00.817

Read technically, yes. But idiomatically, "crowds" can also just refer to one very large group of people. – Pockets – 2014-05-31T16:36:40.810

2@SamuelLijin I think crowds are more likely more than one crowd, since crowds are groups and by definition have bounderies or limits. I suppose its possible that crowds could be used as you say, but it would be helpful if you wrote an answer with some sources using it that way. – user3169 – 2014-05-31T19:49:32.240