Kit as a set of tools is a countable noun (Longman), yet I've seen somewhere the following sentence:

one can never have too much kit or too many bikes!

and I'm thinking whether it's a mistake? Shouldn't we say:

one can never have too many kits or bikes!

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    Kit is being used correctly here. It would only need to be plural if you were talking about a specific collection of items that was rather generic: You can't have enough guitar repair kits! Jan 13, 2022 at 17:20
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    A kit is a set of equipment or garments, kit (uncountable) is the kind of thing that belongs in such a set - in your example, it presumably means 'cycling (motorcycling?) clothes, helmets etc.' Jan 13, 2022 at 18:00
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    In the UK, 'kit' is very often used uncountably by members of the military to refer to the items of equipment, spare clothing, etc they need to carry with them, as well as being used by hobbyists such as such as cyclists, campers, or mountaineers among others. Jan 13, 2022 at 18:53
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    Also in the UK, 'football kit' means the clothes in team colours that a player wears in a match - shirt with number, shorts, etc. Many teams have 'home kit' and 'away kit'. Jan 13, 2022 at 18:56
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    kit in the UK is gear in the US, in the sense given in the OP's sentence.
    – Lambie
    Jan 13, 2022 at 19:16

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Kit has an uncountable use. From Cambridge

Kit: the equipment needed for a particular purpose or activity:

This is the sense in the quote, and in this sense it is uncountable.

The sense of "as set of tools" is clearly related to this meaning, but distinct from it.

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    You can never have too many tools in your puncture repair kit, but it's pointless having two puncture repair kits. The first is 'additional quantity of useful things to make a single kit' the second is 'duplication of kits'. Jan 18, 2022 at 11:30

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