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Questions tagged [irregular-plurals]

For questions about words which have an irregular plural form.

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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 -> ...
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Is “Do the data…” gramatically correct? [duplicate]

For example, in these websites: Do the data exist to make college rating systems work? Specialization and the Volume of Trade: Do the Data Obey the Laws? Immigration: What do the data tell us? In ...
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Word for nouns with multiple plural forms

Some nouns have multiple plurals, this article from Merriam Webster names a few. I'm wondering if there is a word to describe this, a word meaning having multiple plural forms. To put it in a sentence ...
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Does “syllabus” derive from Greek or Latin?

I'm looking for some hard evidence to determine whether syllabus is a word that derives from Greek or Latin. This came about from a discussion asking whether the plural of syllabus is syllabuses or ...
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Does “staff” take a plural verb?

Which one of these two statements is correct? Our staff do ... Our staff does ... And is staffs ever correct?