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When I talk about the difficulties I experienced when I was young, can I say "I had a lot of troubles when I was young"? Or should I use the singular version after the word "have"? I think I am not very used to hearing "troubles" instead of "trouble" after "have". But here I am talking about different kinds of things that worried me and distressed me when I was young, so I think the sentence I provided is probably correct.

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    You are right. The two versions imply different things and in your context the plural is the better choice. – Ronald Sole May 29 at 21:29
  • If you replaced a lot of with many, you would probably not have an issue. I had many troubles when I was young. – Jason Bassford May 30 at 14:36

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