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Protocol or protocols? Isn't the first inherently plural?

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I'm wondering about the plural use of the word protocol. If the singular use already defines a set of standards, does the plural use mean SETS of standards. If yes, then how would you appropriately use the plural? Or, when would the either be inappropriate?



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I would think that protocols refers to more than one set of standards. It's one of those plurals that just doesn't sound right to me though--like peoples and monies. Don't ask me how or when to use it because I doubt I would ever need to. I'm not big on protocols:D

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