I’ve thought vocabulary is used only in the singular form. But I found some examples of its plural form- vocabularies - in corpus (https://www.english-corpora.org/coca//) in which case do you use in that way?
For example, “Talk to the world through English vocabularies” What about this? Do you think it’s okay or totally wrong? If you have some opinion, please let me know why.
So, I think I may say like, “vocabularies of English dialects”. But for my example “Talk to the world through English ________”, I think “vocabulary” is more appropriate for the blank because variety is not concerened in the phrase. In other words, the writer considers English words themselves a whole.
The word vocabulary does not have a plural and no plural is required because vocabulary IS already plural! (it can be thought of as a plural form of uncountable noun) It is an extension of WORDS.
You should say: “The vocabulary of English dialects” or as another example, the “The different vocabulary of English dialects” or “All the different vocabulary used in different English dialects” or “all the different vocabulary in the many languages of the world”
Unlike for instance “WATER” which is also an uncountable noun, but in this case it is a singular uncountable noun.
Therefore, if we call a land mass of water “water” and a knight travelled over many “land masses of water” to find sleeping beauty, then we could say he travelled the “waters” to find his princess!
But as time goes on, there will be more and more language references to ways and words in English that have changed. In this case, the “golden oldies” such as me, will always meet the “clever cocky person” that throws dictionary after dictionary at us.
[b]I will never forget one of the largest language testing organizations in the world writing to me because I commented on one of their tests to inform them, that the audio “did you do the exam yet” was a grammatical error and should in fact be “have you done it yet”.
Their reply was … “In America that is how we speak and although we accept that it may be an incorrect grammar form, it is American English therefore we will not change it”[/b]
To me the word “vocabularies” sits like a blob of something dark, brown, nasty and horrible on a plain of fluffy white snow!
Yes, but “vocabularies” means more than one collection of words. The issue here is that many Europeans make the mistake of calling each individual word “a vocabulary”, which is completely wrong in English. A vocabulary cannot be just one word.