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Wenn du für Gerechtigkeit kämpfen wolltest, ...

... Aber das ist kein Grund für Unachtsamkeiten.

For what it's worth, in English, both justice and carelessness are uncountable nouns. I wonder what grammatical rule dictates the use of the singular form Gerechtigkeit in the first sentence and yet the plural Unachtsamkeiten in the second.

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    German doesn't care carelessness is uncountable in English. German Unachtsamkeit is countable. There isn't a grammatical rule whether to use singular or plural at this place either. It's up to the speaker's choice. – Janka Apr 9 '17 at 22:35
  • It is not a question of grammar rules. It is a question of common usage. Grammar allows you to form singular and plural of both words as you like. – Christian Geiselmann Apr 10 '17 at 9:49
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Unachtsamkeit (and similarly Unaufmerksamkeit) actually has to quite similar meanings:

  1. A state of mind, where one does not pay attention
  2. A mistake, cause by the former

The second meaning can easily be used in plural.

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Gerechtigkeit

This is uncountable and only used in singular.

Ungerechtigkeit

This can be used both in singular and in plural:

Es ist eine himmelschreiende Ungerechtigkeit, dass Elmar ein Eis bekommt, aber ich nicht.

Der Lehrer fiel durch viele kleine Ungerechtigkeiten gegenüber seinen Schülern auf.

So it seems the prefix un- decides about the countability.

Same for Glück/Unglück. But different for Aufmerksamkeit.

  • One could add that, yes, "Gerechtigkeit" is commonly used in singular only, and for those who try to learn German it is a good idea to memorize "singular-only" use of "Gerechtigkeit". However, one could imagine also situations where a plural "Gerechtigkeiten" could be used - most undisputedly in creative writing, poetry, etc. But there are also areas in the humanities where this word form could appear. – Christian Geiselmann Apr 10 '17 at 9:52

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