What is the usage, and why use plural?

The context is here:

The automatic support for long - running workfl ows that the WF infrastructure provides is the most evident benefi t. The execution of a long - running workfl ow can be suspended or resumed on multiple points, so the internal state of the execution and activities must be preserved. WF automatically takes cares of saving the workfl ow state through the use of confi gurable providers. Therefore, you do not need to worry about these details.


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  1. It's not a word, it's a fragment.
  2. Please give an example of its being used.
  3. I can't think of a realistic example where take cares of wouldn't be grammatically incorrect.

Update on your example: Your example is grammatically incorrect, so I guess it's a typo. The phrase should be 'takes care of', and it means 'deals with' or 'handles'.

  • Thanks for your answering. I modified it my question and provided the context, I am wondering it might be a typo of the author. I am Chinese and not very good at English, I want to confirm it!
    – Liu
    Feb 25, 2011 at 14:49
  • In addition, this would have passed a spell-checker, since both words are spelled correctly. Which is probably why no one ever noticed this error.
    – Ernie
    Feb 25, 2011 at 19:02

The phrase is "takes care of" and there is no plural involved. Takes is the 3rd person singular form of the verb, as in

John takes care of someone on the weekends, so he won't be available then.

  • I encountered it in a book, maybe a typo of the author.I want to confirm it. Thanks for your answering!
    – Liu
    Feb 25, 2011 at 14:46

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