Is there any difference between the words stuff and stuffs? I don't know if stuff is countable or not, but stuffs should be plural, shouldn't it? However, I searched Google to check about it and I've found that many pages have something as "Free stuff" or "Funny stuff" - it can't be that they offer only one thing on their page, but I've found "Cool stuffs" as well and I'm confused now.
Thanks in advance.
p.s. Does the usage of present perfect/simple past fit in the above paragraph?
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Stuff is normally uncountable: I don't have much stuff. So cool stuffs is not good English. However, you will occasionally see it legitimately pluralized in some special uses, as for fabrics and scientific materials.
As Mister Micawber has already posted, the noun stuff is usually uncountable, so that is the way you should generally use it. However, as Mister Micawber has also stated, there are a few very specialized ways to use the plural form (stuffs). Most of the time you won't need these specialized uses. That is why dictionaries (especially abridged dictionaries) often state that stuff only uncountable.
One fairly common use of the plural form of this noun (stuffs) is the compound word foodstuffs.
Cambridge Dictionary: foodstuffs
Example: "Those stuff are breakable." rather than, "That stuff is breakable."
Though stuff is plural, it actually represents 1 single unit of multiple things, which should make it a singular word.
Things, however, would represent multiple units of single things.
So it seems to me that stuff is a singular word and therefore stuffs, though it doesn't sound proper, would actually be its plural form.
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