I wonder what is the plural form of the word “coursework”?

Courseworks seem to be incorrect.

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"Coursework" is a mass noun, which means it is uncountable and used in similar ways to other mass nouns you might be more familiar with. Think water, love, or ass-kicking.

Here is a sentence from Cambridge English Corpus

Studio courses are intended as the point of integration for all other coursework and educational experiences. (source)

Similarly, words such as "schoolwork" and "homework" are also mass nouns. You can't count them or pluralize them.

My science teacher always sets a lot of homework.

  • Ass-kicking is not a mass noun. "If you don't finish this soon I will give you an ass-kicking." Water is primarily a mass noun, and love is commonly a mass noun ('Love is the most important thing to have in your life.'), but is often a countable noun as well ('She is the love of my life.'; 'Find a new love.').
    – Brandin
    Commented Nov 8, 2018 at 7:02
  • Thanks. Is there any website that I can use to find out if a noun is accountable or not?
    – Lei Xun
    Commented Nov 8, 2018 at 7:49
  • @Brandin A lot of words are not strictly mass nouns. Of course, we could find words that are "more" uncountable than others, whose plural forms are considered non-idiomatic, as examples. I was just giving examples off the top of my head and wasn't trying to list "pure" mass nouns. "Ass-kicking" is also a mass noun. "I have some ass-kicking to do."
    – Eddie Kal
    Commented Nov 8, 2018 at 15:43
  • @LeiXun Try MacMillan and Cambridge Dictionaries.
    – Eddie Kal
    Commented Nov 8, 2018 at 15:44

Coursework (uncountable) can encompass a wide range of activities, including practice, experimentation, research, and writing. As for the latter, the term is a coursework essay, for example:

There was a pile of coursework essays on the table.

How many coursework essays have you read today?

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