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Singular, plural, plural?, pluralish?

What is the difference between person, persons, people and peoples, and is there a rule of thumb I can use to help choose the correct one?
posted by TheNewWazoo on Sep 29, 2016 - 11 answers

What animals are plural and singular?

What are some animals that have the same name plural as singular? Examples I can think of: Elk, Deer, Caribou. Are there any others? What is this called? Why does this phenomenon exist? Is it just for North American species?
posted by oceanjesse on Dec 3, 2014 - 19 answers

A list of food pluralizations?

I'm involved with a project that involves a database of cooking ingredients. We have a great huge list of relevant nouns, so that's fine, but we're running into trouble with the differences in pluralizations of words. [more inside]
posted by bethnull on Oct 1, 2014 - 7 answers

"It work." or "It works". Which is correct?

Alright all your grammar masters. My wife is foreign and she announced "It work." when I rubbed her shoulder and fixed her pain. I corrected her by saying "It works." to teach her well. She then proceeded to explain to me the English of "plural" with adding an "s" to the verb. Is this correct?
posted by usermac on Feb 25, 2013 - 17 answers

Six mice scared one goose by stepping on it's two feet.

My son has become fascinated with non-standard plurals in English, and I need more examples to feed him. Can you think of more like: Foot --> Feet; Goose --> Geese; Mouse --> Mice. What I'm not looking for is inside: [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Apr 22, 2012 - 20 answers

Do all nouns have a plural form?

English language filter: Do all nouns have a plural form? If not what is an example of a noun with no plural form?
posted by West of House on Dec 16, 2010 - 46 answers

What is the plural of "Batman"?

What is the plural of "Batman"? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Dec 9, 2010 - 60 answers

Random Late-Night Grammar Question

I know this is a silly question, but I've never been able to figure this out. If my sister and I have a favorite song, how would I describe that fact in a sentence? "That's my sister and I's favorite song", "that's my and my sister's favorite song", "that's my sister's and my favorite song?", or some other permutation I may not be seeing? [more inside]
posted by Buddy-Rey on May 28, 2010 - 31 answers

Are surfing The Google with iPad?

What's the term for the use of a product name as a singular noun (like iPod), and why do companies do this? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Apr 4, 2010 - 9 answers

Need some apostrophe help.

When you pluralize a number, do you need an apostrophe? What I mean is if someone's address or phone number contains the number 3 twice, do I say it has two 3's or two 3s?
posted by shelayna on Mar 10, 2010 - 38 answers

Love or loves?

What is the plural form of the noun "love"? [more inside]
posted by papayaninja on Jan 3, 2010 - 28 answers


Where should the apostrophe go in the sentence "In Memory of Great Loves Lost"? Loves is plural (referring to all the loving in the world), but does it possess "lost"? Should it be loves'? [more inside]
posted by niccolo on Nov 22, 2009 - 14 answers

Any questions not answered in #2 pencil will receive a score of zero

Grammarfilter! Oh my. Is it "X and Y are two side of the same coin" or "X and Y two sides of the same coin"? This was an SAT sample question, and I, a poor girl's tutor, swore that "sides" must be plural in this context. Then the sample test website told me I was wrong, that it's "two side". [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Aug 13, 2009 - 19 answers

Are there singular/plural pairs in english with completely different spellings?

In French, the singular of eye is "oiel" and the plural is "yeux." Are there any nouns in English that have completely different spellings of the singular and plural like this?
posted by Crosius on Sep 26, 2008 - 27 answers

a blessing, a doom and a pryde walk into a bar...

You have a murder of crows, sleuth of bears, even an exaltation of larks, what about Fairies? [more inside]
posted by jrishel on Sep 10, 2008 - 53 answers

What is the plural of "print out"?

What's the plural of "print out," as in, "hey John, if you're going near the printer could you get me that print out?" What would we say to John if we wanted him to get us more than one?
posted by ChasFile on May 7, 2008 - 48 answers


How do I pluralize a contraction that already ends with an apostrophe? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Mar 28, 2008 - 17 answers

"There is" or "There are"

English Grammar: "There is" vs. "There are". There is a banana. There are two oranges. There (is / are) a banana and an orange? [more inside]
posted by syzygy on Feb 25, 2008 - 28 answers

Radioactive Mooses?

pluralsfilter: Why don't we use words like "radiations"? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on May 10, 2007 - 8 answers

What do you call a group of ninjas?

What do you call a group of ninjas? [more inside]
posted by qbxk on Oct 10, 2006 - 52 answers

Is there a proper plural for "ethnicity"?

Is "ethnicities" a proper plural of "ethnicity"? [more inside]
posted by pardonyou? on Mar 16, 2006 - 10 answers

Subjects and Verbs

From this thread:

... you're probably aware that Clear Channel own ...

What is the DEAL with verb/subject disagreement when it comes to corporate entities?? Clear Channel is an IT! Likewise band names. I can't remember how many articles I've read with phrases like "Metallica are..." or "Led Zeppelin are..." Why is this OK in the music business? I know this is mostly rant-y, but I'm genuinely curious if anyone has, like, the Rolling Stone Style Guide or something.
posted by rkent on Dec 16, 2004 - 38 answers

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