a limited number of/limited numbers of

Snappy_is_here

Senior Member
Japanese
Which do you use "a limited number of" or "limited numbers of" in the following cases.

They sell a limited number of anime character watches and key rings.
They sell limited numbers of anime character watches and key rings.
 
  • duoyu

    Senior Member
    English- US, Spanish- Puerto Rico
    I would use "a limited number of".

    I can't tell if the second choice is flat out wrong, but it does sound a bit odd to me.
     

    Snappy_is_here

    Senior Member
    Japanese
    I would use "a limited number of".

    I can't tell if the second choice is flat out wrong, but it does sound a bit odd to me.
    Thank you. Why I asked this question was: "They sell a limited number of anime character watches and a limited number of key rings (i.e., different limited numbers), and I wondered if it should be "They sell limited numbers of... (=a limited number of... + a limited number of ...)."
     

    duoyu

    Senior Member
    English- US, Spanish- Puerto Rico
    I think you could say that ("limited numbers of").

    Of course, if there is a limited number of watches and a limited number of key rings, then there is a limited number of both watches and key rings.
     
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