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When should I say "a horde" and when should I say "hordes"?

Would "hordes of brain-hungry zombies" be more zombies than "a horde of brain hungry zombies"? Or is one of these options incorrect?

Is it perhaps a bit like saying "a load of brains" versus saying "loads of brains"?

Best Answer

"hordes of" vs "a horde of" is an amplifier here, as already suggested in the comments.

If you want to be literal about it, one horde corresponds to one group, so "a horde of zombies" would refer to one tight group of zombies, while "hordes of zombies" would imply that there are several such groups.