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In OxfordDictionary,

Apparel: Clothing (Source)

Can I say "I want to buy many apparels" or "I want to buy much apparel"?

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  • A question for the dictionary . Oald has all the information you need. oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/…
    – rogermue
    Sep 4, 2015 at 16:15
  • so which oxforddictionary is authentic: oxforddictionaries.com or oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com?
    – Tom
    Sep 4, 2015 at 16:19
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    Oxforddictionaries.com, entry apparel, has a cross-reference to Oald. And Oald has special information for learners. So I would first look at Oald and then at other dictionaries. It is no good using only one online dictionary.
    – rogermue
    Sep 4, 2015 at 16:33
  • @rogermue, I got it, both belong to the same company. I thought they are 2 seperated websites developed by 2 different companies
    – Tom
    Sep 4, 2015 at 16:35

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"Apparel" is not countable. You cannot say, "I bought three apparels yesterday." You could technically say "much apparel", but "much" is rarely used this way; I think it's rather out of date. Actually "apparel" is a rather rarely-used word today. English speakers these days tend to say "clothing" or "clothes". A fluent speaker would probably say, "I want to buy a lot of clothes". "A lot" is informal, so if you wanted to be more formal you'd say, "I want to buy many items of clothing" or "... many articles of clothing."

"Apparel" is, I think, generally used only to describe a type of clothing. Like, "The guests at the ball all wore formal apparel" or "The dancers were dressed in traditional Romanian apparel". It would not be wrong to say, "The apparel in my closet includes three blue shirts and two red shirts", but few modern English speakers would say that.

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