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Is there such thing as the word "coals"? I ask because I ran across the idiom "carrying coals to Newcastle". I've believed that coal is both the singular as well as the plural form of the word because it is an uncountable noun.Post actions:
Submitted by Sathyaish Chakravarthy (New Delhi - India)
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According to my dictionary, Sathyaish, the word "coal" can also mean "a piece of glowing or charred wood, coal or similar substance; ember." Therefore, you can have many "pieces," which would be "coals." This plural is also found in the expression, "rake (someone)over the coals," which means to scold.Post actions:
Reply from K. Allen Griffy (Springfield, IL - U.S.A.)
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