By Benjamin Scherer


2015-08-11 21:13:02 8 Comments

Is there a preferred or more common usage between the phrase "with a ton of xxx" or "with tons of xxx"? Both referring to something having an abundance of something.

3 comments

@Jarurote Tippayachai 2019-03-18 13:39:19

The use of "tons of something" by LONGMAN Dictionary is given in URL.

tons of "something"

https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/tons-of-something

Therefore, the phrase of "tons of ..." also supports both countable plural noun and uncountable singular noun.

@Dog Lover 2015-08-11 22:09:53

According to the following ngram, "tons of" is the most common:

Source: Google Ngram

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@tchrist 2015-08-11 22:22:25

That only shows that people more often ship tons of things than a single ton of it.

@Mari-Lou A 2017-07-12 10:32:47

@thmj1332 that's the first times I've ever seen Ngam chart look that. It's very clear. How did you manage to compress the dates, and resize the text?

@thomj1332 2017-07-12 17:04:59

@Mari-Lou A, you just need to shrink the size of your browser window and then click Refresh. In this way, the text size is larger relative to the overall size of the graph. I wish more people knew this!

@Mari-Lou A 2017-07-12 17:08:25

@thomj1332 that is nothing short of b.r.i.l.l.i.a.n.t. Oh, I might even retrace all my old answers and use this ingenious workaround on my Ngram charts. mind "explodes"

@thomj1332 2017-07-12 17:13:33

@Mari-Lou A and all, Yes. Good idea. And, it doesn't have to be the original author who makes the changes. If folks want to go back and edit any previous illegible Ngram graphs with the better visualization, you get +2 credits for each one! I just did it on this one to see how it was received. Glad it is appreciated.

@aparente001 2015-08-12 13:06:18

Yes, they are interchangeable, but here's how I usually use them:

A ton of: countable objects.

Tons of: uncountable objects.

Such-and-so candidate for mayor has tons of charm, but is a little light on the issues. Explanation: charm isn't countable.

She's already got a ton of stuffed animals, let's get her something else for her birthday. Explanation: the stuffed animals are countable.

(Yes, you could also say tons of stuffed animals.)

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