Obama's speech about risky an market abuses

reform that will help end the risky speculation and market abuses

in my dictionary is written “abuse” no plural but in the speech is written market abuses.
Can be both possible?

Yes, both are possible. My old Concise Oxford Dictionary (1965) shows abuse with a possible plural and so does my Compact Oxford Dictionary (1991). “Market abuses” is not only correct, I think it also underlines nicely the magnitude of abuse.

Thanks Sanne, and I hope Obama is right with his optimism as soon as possible.

It’s one of those words that it depends on the context whether it’s countable or uncountable. Abuse in the context of say ‘child abuse’ is uncountable where in Obama’s speech we see a context that it can be used as a countable noun.

Also, you’ve probably heard the phrase ‘the road to hell is littered with good intentions’ I’d say it was also littered with ‘optimism’ too. :wink: