I cannot find an entry for the plural affix in the OED (-es, -s , 's, s), unlike say for -en.

Also for -ed we have : -ed, suffix1, -ed, suffix2, -d, -t, suffix1, -t, suffix2, etc.

What are the lexicographical reasons for it? If somebody could check the paywalled current version, it would surely clarify this issue

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    One might say that this is not an affix but part of the declension of the noun (the only part that remains in English, in fact). – Peter Shor Jul 4 '20 at 12:26
  • @PeterShor see edits. Even so, where can such an info. be found in the OED? – GJC Jul 4 '20 at 12:40
  • I'm surprised that they include -en but not say -s. – Edwin Ashworth Jul 4 '20 at 12:40
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    @EdwinAshworth the 3rd edition should have gotten to the letter S by now, because: Beginning with the launch of the first OED Online site in 2000, the editors of the dictionary began a major revision project to create a completely revised third edition of the dictionary (OED3), expected to be completed in 2037. Revisions were started at the letter M. – GJC Jul 4 '20 at 14:57

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