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What is the proper written plural possessive form for nouns that do not take -s, -es, or -ses upon pluralisation?

For most English words, the rules for construction of possessive forms are fairly simple. Singular nouns are possessivised by adding -’s to the end (even if the word already ends with an S):1 cat → ...
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What is the plural of Easter Bunny? [closed]

Is the plural for the Easter Bunny "Easter Bunnies"? Or because it's a proper name, is it "Easter Bunnys," much like the plural you see written on the welcome mat for a family whose last name is "...
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which one is more appropriate among the two mentioned below?

Roles of private defence firms in developing a domestic military-industrial complex or Role of private defence firms in developing a domestic military-industrial complex
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Can French/British be used as plural nouns?

Neither British nor French can be used as a singular noun. For example, (a) is ungrammatical. a. *A French/British is dancing. Although the French/British can mean 'French/British people' ...
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New words with Apophonic plurals

I was wondering if new words or neologisms have been formed with apophonic plurals such as; foot->feet mouse->mice goose->geese I am not searching for nouns that were influenced by the i-mutation ...
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Is the word 'result' as a singular noun grammatically correct? [closed]

Take ownership of your tasks, see them to completion, and then take pride in the result.
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Is the usage of plural correct in this sentence? [closed]

Articulate an idea or a concept so that your content preempts questions
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How do I refer to multiple people with the same name

My daughter now has her own bedroom. She doesn't want her sister to come in. She has made a sign. "No Paiges Allowed!" What is the correct apostrophy use on "Paiges" when I want to refer to ...
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Can the word 'child' be pluralised : 'childs two, three and four'? [duplicate]

The question "Can 'childs' ever be the plural of 'child' in standard English ?" produced answers which agreed that it could not. However, I notice today that, in Court, children, who had been named ...
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the plural of the name of the letter e is ees [duplicate]

According to the wikipedia article of letter e The plural of the name of the letter e is ees (the plural of the letter itself is rendered E's, Es, e's, es). Therefore, is ees then a regular ...
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Is this sentence correct? It seems wrong, but I can’t pinpoint why!

I am proofing work for someone and this sentence seems incorrect, but I'm not sure why I think that. Is it truly incorrect? I feel like 'comes' should be 'come'. He stumbles back downstairs to the ...
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What is the plural of “remittance advice”?

The most common plural of “remittance advice” — a note sent by a customer paying a supplier, indicating that payment is on its way — seems to be “remittance advices”. However, I find that to be ...
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Making all-capital words plural [duplicate]

Sometimes when I am doing technical writing I need to pluralize all-capital words, such as RAM. I find myself vacillating between using RAMs and RAM's. Neither one sits well with me, RAMs because it ...
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How to pronounce plural of “corps”

According to all dictionaries I've seen the plural spelling of "corps" remains "corps". I guess the plural of "corps" is pronounced the same as the singular, meaning: (Military) a military ...
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Words whose plural has a plural

I'm working on an app that works with inflections and realized "person" has three levels of plurality: person -> people -> peoples Are there any other words in English that act this way?
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What is the plural of “+1”? [duplicate]

What is the best plural of "+1" in casual American English writing? Possible ideas I've considered include: +1s +1's
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“Two sum problem” - why not “sums”? [duplicate]

Why in the name "Two sum problem" there is "sum" and not "sums"?
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Is housewares a double plural?

Of all the words ending in 'ware', housewares is the only one that gets an ending 's'. cookware earthenware flatware glassware hardware shareware silverware software stoneware tableware tupperware ...
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Of sweet tooths and black sheep: when does the plural of a compound turn regular?

According to many dictionaries, the plural of sweet tooth is sweet tooths, and not *sweet teeth (see e.g. here and here; the OED doesn't address the issue explicitly, but one of the examples it ...
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What would be the correct term for a single instance of a multiverse?

I am trying to write (some fiction) about how the (singular) universe got shattered into a multiverse (collective noun?) I tripped up when I wanted to refer to one of the instances (or branches if ...
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What is the plural of platinum?

In the card game Dominion, I always thought that the “Platinum” card, in the plural form, would be “Platinums”. However, Dominion Online lists the plural form as “Platina”. Is this correct, or is ...
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The pural opi for opus is a joke, right?

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/opus attests that some people in the classical music world use "opi" as a plural for "opus." I think this is just a joke, giving a pseudo-learned false-Latin form for ...
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Countable noun with irregular plural form [duplicate]

How can I express a countable noun together with its irregular plural form? For example, we may have the following sentence: Find all critical point(s) of this function. Since we do not know if ...
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Plural form of series when talking about literature? [closed]

When speaking about non-mathematical groups of items (i.e. a series), is there a plural usage for the word series? My favorite book series are all crime novels. Is it correct to use series as a ...
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Can “enemy” be used as a plural noun? (Not as a collective noun)

I’ve been recently told that defeat five enemy or ten enemy are here is perfectly acceptable in English grammar. Personally, I’m inclined to believe that only five enemies or five enemy units are ...
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What's the plural of faulty? [closed]

When I have multiple faulty items, could I refer to the bunch of them as "the faulties"? What is the correct plural of faulty (item)? Note: https://word.labstack.com/faulty/plural would suggest "...
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What is the plural form of regex? [closed]

As the title says, what is the correct plural form of regex? To my knowledge, regex is an abbreviation for regular expression. I see that some sources suggest regexes and regexen are both correct. ...
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What's the proper plural for file extensions? [duplicate]

I have one .msi. Then I get another. Do I now have: two .msis or two .msi's or two '.msi's or something else?
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Waste or Wastes

In the sentence below, is "waste" grammatically appropriate because "Category A" is a group of medical waste? "What treatment methods are used for Ebola or other Category A medical wastes?"
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Latin words with no plurals in English

Plurals derived from Latin words ending with -us normally have the ending -i. However, the plural of virus is viruses and the plural of bonus is bonuses because these words do not have Latin plurals ...
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Strange plural pairs [closed]

I don't speak German but was fascinated to learn that in (Swiss or I believe Bavarian) German Rahm means cream, but Rahmen means frame - despite adding "-en" being the normal way to make a singular ...
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What is the plural of 'Kraken'? [closed]

What is the plural of Kraken, the sea monster? It is a word not listed in any dictionary. Issues: The word has a Teutonic feel and so might be inflected like German plurals, so 'Kraken' (a null ...
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How do you pluralize Levi's?

Okay, so jeans and pants are referred to as plural. When we refer to a brand of jeans, we pluralize the brand by saying and writing things like: "I got Girbauds for my birthday." (a pair of ...
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What's the Singular term for Music? [closed]

I'd like to know what's the singular term of music, is it muse?
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The plural of 'stomach"

Words ending in ch usually take es in the plural form. However, the word stomach is an exception to this paradigm. Its plural form is stomachs. My question is, why does it take only s in the plural ...
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How to call properties of many objects properly?

In programming, there are lots of time where we need to access attributes of multiple objects. E.g. when we want to refer to color of many cars. Suppose each car has only one color. And I want to set ...
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Plural vs Singular when the number 1 is represented in integer vs decimal form [duplicate]

If I have a noun of cardinality 1, I am taught that I use the singular form. E.g. I have 1 Apple If the value is still 1, but represented as 1.0, do I still use the singular form? E.g. I have 1.0 ...
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A minimum of two personnel “are” or “is”?

Which is correct? A minimum of two personnel are required to meet this objective. or A minimum of two personnel is required to meet this objective.
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Why is the plural 'oxen'? Is it acceptable to use 'oxes'? [closed]

According to a English grammar rules, we add 'es' when the noun ends with 's', 'ss', 'sh', 'x', or 'ch'. With these rules, 'ox' would become 'oxes' in the plural. Can 'oxes' be used as the plural of '...
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Should the plural form of “daphnia” be used if there is more than one?

For my science fair, I am confused on if I should write, "daphnia", "daphnias", or "Daphnia" regarding to the species, especially multiple of them. Is there a certain time to use the word in upper ...
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“Kids is mean” or “kids are mean”? [closed]

Which one is correct? "Kids is mean" or "kids are mean"? I saw the first one in Ghostbuster's subtitle on netflix, and was wondering why would it be correct if Kids is plural.
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What is the plural for “Egg in a hole”?

Does two orders of "egg in a hole" become two "eggs in holes" or two "egg in a holes"? Thank you.
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“Pants-changing” versus “diaper(s)-changing”

Perhaps the same goes for nappy versus nappies. Since when one is changing one of these, there are two involved. But, is the plural more along the lines of pants and shorts? Does anybody out there ...
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Can 'go' be pluralized as 'gos'?

Thanks for all the answer, guys! Go which means: A Japanese board game of territorial possession and capture, played with usu. black and white stones or counters on a board marked with ...
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Is it grammatically right to say this [closed]

So for the audience, now the difficulty lies in deciding which opinion to agree with and which "experts" seem the most credible. Is it right to use the plural form of expert?
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What is the plural of “sir”? [closed]

A security guard wishes to address multiple people respectfully at once. Does he say: Sorry, sir, but this ID is invalid. or Sorry, sirs, but your IDs are invalid. or something like Sorry, ...
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Why is it carriage and pair when you have 2 horses

The correct (UK) English usage is "horse and carriage", "pony and trap", etc., when you have 1 horse, "carriage and pair" for 2 or "coach and horses" for more. I am wondering why the coach or ...
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Plural for surnames derived from other words? [duplicate]

I recently came across a surname in a podcast, called Barleyfoot. In the podcast, his family was referred to as the Barleyfeet. Is this correct? Or should it be Barleyfoots? What about other possible ...
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plural form of “thematic”

Is the plural form of thematic "thematics"? I did some researches and it is very rarely written with an s. Also, word considers it a mistake and underlines it. Yet, I found it in some online ...
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General Term for Offsets Plural

Is there a general term for multi-word entities where the pluralization appears on the first word because the following words are adjectival (but required) modifiers? Examples Attorney General -> ...