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stationary

Does the word 'stationary' always refers to singular form?

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    I think you mean stationery. Stationary means "not moving". Stationery means "writing paper and other office materials". – stangdon Dec 1 '15 at 16:14
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    A good mnemonic for this: paper ends in -er. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Dec 1 '15 at 17:48
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Assuming you mean the papery noun objects, stationery is one of those grouping words. A piece of stationery versus a box of stationery, it's like: one fish and many fish, or one sheep and many sheep.

However, when enumerating individual stationery styles, one might use stationeries: They had a variety of stationeries on offer.

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    I think it is stationery (writing material), not stationary (not moving). – shin Dec 1 '15 at 16:13
  • While I agree that in general mass nouns can be pluralised to mean "kinds of X", I find "stationaries" rather unlikely. I'm not saying it doesn't occur, but it seems odd to me. – Colin Fine Jul 25 '17 at 10:46

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