I am doing research for three different questions and I am going to present one single thesis statement for each question. Would I refer to all three statements as 'thesis statements' or as 'theses statements'?

Intuitively, I would choose the latter as both the total number of statements and questions are plural. Which one is correct though?

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  • "Theses statements" sounds wrong to me, and it looks like it is almost never used compared to "thesis statements": books.google.com/ngrams/… – sumelic Jan 12 '16 at 16:05
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    Thesis here is a noun adjunct or attributive noun or noun (pre)modifier. So pluralizing it would be just as "unidiomatic" as talking about cars radios, for example. – FumbleFingers Jan 12 '16 at 16:25

According to this site (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/545/01/), it's 'thesis statements' (plural only for statement). I think this link from Indiana University is more reliable: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/thesis_statement.shtml. Just look for 'thesis statements' at the pages.

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