One of the features of a technology i'm working with (entity framework) is that it can automatically pluralise database table names. It usually does this with a surprising degree of accuracy - not just adding an 'S' i.e. 'HelperHistory' becomes 'HelperHistories', 'Person' becomes 'People'.

However I noticed that 'EmailSentTo' became 'EmailSentToes' and this seems odd. I can't see a reference to 'Toes' being the plural of 'To' from searching around.

Is this some regional or arcane rule that changes it? And what is the plural of 'To' - for example, in the sentence "Here is the email, John is third in the list of [toes?]"

Something is afoot.

  • Te/tych/tym....
    – Spencer
    Feb 20, 2017 at 14:31
  • Seriously, change "SentTo" to "Recipient" and the problem goes away.
    – Spencer
    Feb 20, 2017 at 14:37
  • Its not my database so not an option :) and I wouldn't call it a problem, it just made me curious
    – David
    Feb 20, 2017 at 14:39
  • Related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/28671/…
    – herisson
    Feb 20, 2017 at 15:20
  • 'Emails Sent To' is the 'proper' pluralization. 'to' is not a noun and does not have a plural). Just because there's an automatic method doesn't mean it's right.
    – Mitch
    Feb 20, 2017 at 15:29

2 Answers 2


I think there is no plural, because it isn't a noun, and that Entity Framework is just trying to guess the correct plural form in case it's a noun it doesn't recognize. Assuming 'EmailSentToes' contains the persons the email was sent to, I would just leave it as 'EmailSentTo', because the noun that Entity Framework expects to find (person, as in 'EmailSentToPerson') isn't there.


The automatic algorithm gave the wrong answer.

Usually, if you want put a lexical entity or phrase into the context of the words themselves, you put it in quotes:

Fred received several "attaboy"s for closing a lucrative deal. He would have preferred a bonus, however.

In your case, it would probably have been best to leave the plural of "EmailSentTo" as itself, similar to the way the plural of deer is deer.

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