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I guess "(Everyone) Be quiet!" referring to a group of people is correct.

But it may sound as "Be quiets!" when they yell. Is it correct?

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    "Quiets" is not correct either. – Mitch Oct 16 '14 at 12:33
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is based on a misunderstanding. – TimLymington Oct 16 '14 at 13:47
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    .......Simples. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 16 '14 at 14:57
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    When people shout in English you may hear some lenition of word final /t/. This means it will sound more like an /s/. You may have heard people shouting "Quiet" very forcefully so that it sounded like "Quiets"! – Araucaria Oct 17 '14 at 21:54
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    That's not lenition, that's aspiration. Lenition would be t -> d -> z/th. In AmE a word final t is unaspirated. – Mitch Oct 19 '14 at 1:44
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No, it's not correct.

Quiet in "Be quiet" is an adjective. Adjectives in English are not inflected for number, and the same word is used whether or not it's describing [addressed to, here] one person or more than one.

  • "Quiets!" is not correct. I'll update my answer in a bit. – Andrew Leach Oct 16 '14 at 12:38
  • I heard "Quiets!" on a movie: youtu.be/CIeg78e3JQk?t=28s – Josep Garcia Oct 16 '14 at 12:49
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    @Josep: You're just mishearing - the teacher says "Quiet!" there, as one would expect. – FumbleFingers Oct 16 '14 at 13:04
  • You're right, it's just a strong T sound. Thank you both! – Josep Garcia Oct 16 '14 at 13:16

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