Please let me know the difference between a crowd and crowds.

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Crowd refers to a large group of people. Its plural crowds refers to large groups of people. For example,

There was a crowd in the east yesterday.

There were crowds in the east and west yesterday.

  • Read technically, yes. But idiomatically, "crowds" can also just refer to one very large group of people.
    – Pockets
    May 31, 2014 at 16:36
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    @SamuelLijin I think crowds are more likely more than one crowd, since crowds are groups and by definition have bounderies or limits. I suppose its possible that crowds could be used as you say, but it would be helpful if you wrote an answer with some sources using it that way.
    – user3169
    May 31, 2014 at 19:49
  • this is like the fish and fishes question. A fish, Many fish (of same species), many fishes (different species). similarly, a crowd (in a single location or of single species), many crowds (multiple locations or multiple species)
    – rukuto
    Jan 21, 2019 at 23:04

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