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  Lagelands Grammar - Plural of nouns
plural of nouns - meervoud van zelfstandige naamwoorden
Be careful to follow the rules of spelling when putting nouns into the plural with -en.
In a small number of cases the plural is formed by adding ­-eren to the singular.
www.ucl.ac.uk /dutch/grammatica/plural_of_nouns.htm   (0 words)

 FunBrain.com - The Plural Girls
Help them get their friends out by choosing the correct plural form of the given word.
Click on the correct plural form of the given word.
Type in the correct plural form of the given word.
www.funbrain.com /plurals/index.html   (55 words)

  Plural Noun Forms
The plural of masculine singular alumnus is alumni; the plural of feminine singular alumna is alumnae.
Plurals of words that end in -f or -fe usually change the f sound to a v sound and add s or -es.
In "The boys moved their car/cars," the plural would indicate that each boy owned a car, the singular that the boys (together) owned one car (which is quite possible).
grammar.ccc.commnet.edu /grammar/plurals.htm   (2162 words)

  Straight Dope Staff Report: What is the plural of "penis"?
Feces (or faeces) is plural in Latin with the singular fex (or faex).
Linguists believe this form of the plural in western Romance languages is derived from the Latin forms -as, -os, and -es (first, second, and third declension masculine and feminine accusative plurals, used for direct objects) and not, as you might expect, from forms like -es (third declension nominative plurals, used for subjects).
From Arabic, we have jinn (or djinn) as the plural of jinni (or djinni).
www.straightdope.com /mailbag/mplurals.html   (3095 words)

  Online Etymology Dictionary
The verb tweeze "to pluck with tweezers" is a 1932 back-formation.
because of a presumed animalia, a neuter plural noun.
Later its plural forms (we beth, ye ben, they be) became standard in M.E. and it made inroads into the singular (I be, thou beest, he beth), but forms of are claimed this turf in the 1500s and replaced be in the plural.
www.etymonline.com /index.php?search=plural   (2397 words)

  Plural - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Plural is a grammatical number, typically referring to more than one of the referent in the real world.
In English, nouns, pronouns, and demonstratives inflect for plurality.
For example, Polish has singular and plural, and a special form (paucal) for numbers where the last digit is 2, 3 or 4, (excluding endings of 12, 13 and 14).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Plural   (620 words)

 English plural - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Generally, plurals refer to several species or kinds of animal, while the unmarked plural is used to describe multiple individual animals; one would say the order [classification] of fishes, but five fish in an aquarium.
Dies is used as the plural for die in the sense of a mould; dice as the plural (and increasingly as the singular) in the sense of a small random number generator.
Another type of irregular plural occurs in the register of the English upper classes in the context of field sports, where the singular form is used in place of the plural, as in "a herd of antelope", "two lion" or "five pheasant".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/English_plural   (3524 words)

 Plural of virus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This is the most frequently occurring form of the plural, both when referring to a biological virus and when referring to a computer virus.
Their occurrence can be variously attributed to hypercorrection formed by analogy to Latin plurals such as radii; idiosyncratic use as jargon among a group, such as computer hackers; the incorrect assumption that the word is of Greek origin, requiring an -i plural; and deliberate word play, such as on BBSs (see, e.g.
The use of plural forms from many different languages is one convenient way to vary the spelling of words without losing comprehensibility, and even today one attribute associated with hackers is a fondness for choosing unusual plural forms.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Virus_(plural)   (832 words)

 plural - Wiktionary
Some have a singular form for one, dual form for two, trial form for three, paucal form for several, and plural for more than two (e.g., Arabic, Fijian).
Note: While the plural form generally refers to two or more persons or things, that is not always the case.
The plural form is often used for zero persons or things, for fractional things in a quantity greater than one, and for people or things when the quantity is unknown.
en.wiktionary.org /wiki/Plural   (167 words)

 Spelling: Noun Plurals
Plurals of nouns can be created in the following ways:
The plurals of words ending in -o are formed by either adding -s or by adding -es.
If you are unsure of how to make a noun plural, you can look up the singular form of the noun in a dictionary to get the plural form.
owl.english.purdue.edu /handouts/grammar/g_spelnoun.html   (0 words)

 An Algorithmic Approach to English Pluralization
The "specified plural form" is the appropriate anglicized or classical plural form of the word, as it appears in the category table.
An informal study of nearly 600 "difficult" plurals indicates that the unified algorithm can be relied upon to choose appropriately in about 98% of cases (although, of course, ichthyophilic guitarists may experience higher rates of confusion).
Note that, because steps 2 and 3 do not specify which pluralizing algorithm is used, Algorithm 5 is generic and may be readily adapted to deal with only nouns, verbs, or adjectives, or with all three at once.
www.csse.monash.edu.au /~damian/papers/HTML/Plurals.html   (4715 words)

 Gospel Link
Plural marriage was the nineteenth-century LDS practice of a man marrying more than one wife.
Rumors of plural marriage among the members of the Church in the 1830s and 1840s led to persecution, and the public announcement of the practice after August 29, 1852, in Utah gave enemies a potent weapon to fan public hostility against the Church.
At its height, plural marriage probably involved only a third of the women reaching marriageable age—though among Church leadership plural marriage was the norm for a time.
ldsfaq.byu.edu /emmain.asp?number=145   (2696 words)

He was aware of the authorizations given for the post-Manifesto plural marriages, and he intervened with Lorenzo Snow in 1900 to protect the post Manifesto plural wife from being excommunicated by a local Bishop and I referred to her case earlier.
He favored allowing men with plural wives to marry a new plural wife civilly after the death of the legal wife, even though in actuality this was a new plural marriage.
Because this post-Manifesto plural marriage was exposed in the newspapers only a year after her death, Apostle Teasdale filed for divorce that year from his remaining wife, who was 57 years old, so that he could marry a 23 year-old bride to care for his orphan children and possibly bear him more children.
www.ldshistory.net /pc/postman.htm   (15179 words)

Plural Noos is an extension of the knowledge representation language Noos for intelligent agent communication.
Plural provides a seamless extension of Noos that supports a distributed scoping and reference for all the basic constructs in Noos.
Using Plural Noos, arbitrary Noos descriptions (of entities and methods) can be transmitted over the network from one agent to another.
www.iiia.csic.es /Projects/FedLearn/plural.html   (562 words)

 Plural Marriage   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Although polygamy had been practiced for much of history in many parts of the world, to do so in "enlightened" America in the nineteenth century was viewed by most as incomprehensible and unacceptable, making it the Church's most controversial and least understood practice.
Beason, it became clear that plural marriage was leading toward the economic and political destruction of the Church.
Plural marriage remedies these penalties by enabling every woman the opportunity to have a righteous husband, enjoy the blessings of motherhood, and fulfill the measure of her creation.
www.lightplanet.com /mormons/daily/history/plural_marriage   (275 words)

 Plural and Possessive
The plural form of a noun indicates simply that there are more than one of the person or thing in question.
A trick for remembering that the apostrophe signifies the plural is that possessive means "having," and so the posessive form of the word "has" an apostrophe.
The apostrophe of the plural possessive form is added to the end of the plural form.
www.meredith.edu /grammar/plural.htm   (1149 words)

 GNU gettext utilities: Plural forms
It helps languages where the plural form of a noun is not simply constructed by adding an `s' but that is all.
In this case the rules for Germanic language is used and it is assumed that the first string argument is the singular form, the second the plural form.
The information about the plural form selection has to be stored in the header entry of the PO file (the one with the empty
www.gnu.org /software/gettext/manual/html_node/gettext_150.html   (1027 words)

Plural began its life as a mere embryo, growing in the womb of the popular ska/punk band Buck O Nine.
Plural's blend of strong songwriting, multi-layered vocals and lush melodic arrangements has been compared to the music of current indie pop bands like Wilco, The Shins and Guided By Voices, as well as the New Romantic pop of early '80's REM, The Cure, U2 and Psychedelic Furs.
Self-recorded, self-produced, and not the least bit self-indulgent, Plural is committed to the art of song, and music that is atmospheric, beautiful and timeless.
www.myspace.com /plural   (662 words)

 ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha -- the official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy appreciation society
ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha -- the official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy appreciation society
ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha (ZZ9) is the Official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Appreciation Society.
We are a group of people who share an interest in, or appreciation of, the works of Douglas Noel Adams, especially the aforementioned trilogy in five parts, and enjoy the companionship of like minded individuals.
www.zz9.org   (0 words)

 plural. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.
In English, plurals of nouns are normally indicated by the ending –s or –es, or in a few cases by –en, as in children and oxen.
This zero plural has a long history and was not formerly as socially stigmatized as it is today.
A few dialects of English have unmarked plurals that may extend beyond the class of measure nouns.
www.bartleby.com /61/44/P0384400.html   (286 words)

 History of Plural Marriage
Ever harsher antipolygamy legislation stripped Latter-day Saints of their rights as citizens, disincorporated the Church, and permitted the seizure of Church property before the manifesto of 1890 announced the discontinuance of the practice.
Another safeguard was that authorized plural marriages could be performed only through the sealing power controlled by the presiding authority of the Church (DandC 132:19).
The exact percentage of Latter-day Saints who participated in the practice is not known, but studies suggest a maximum of from 20 to 25 percent of LDS adults were members of polygamous households.
www.lightplanet.com /mormons/daily/history/plural_marriage/History_EOM.htm   (2707 words)

 Plural vs. Singular Keywords, Graphical vs. Text Links, Javascript Menus
In order to detect which search engines consider plurals to be the same as singulars and which don't, you need to type in the singular and plural version of the keyword in a search engine and see if the results produced are the same or different.
Since Direct Hit considers the plural keyword to be the same as the singular keyword, the first few results in Hotbot are the same for both the plural and singular versions of the keyword.
A search engine which considers the plural keyword to be different from the singular keyword now may not do so in the future, and vice-versa.
www.searchengineguide.com /1stsearchranking/2002/0419_1st1.html   (1340 words)

 The Old Joel on Software Forum - Table Names: Singular or Plural?
People are absolutely right when they claim that plural names are much more intuitive when examining tables from the perspective of a SQL programmer.
A table is an object or entity (singular) that represents a group of related entities (plural), that is, it is an entity set - so it is a single object, and therefore your table should be given the name of the entity set you are trying to model.
And I have to agree with the ERWin guy that modeling a database using plural table names is nasty, in that it can become confusing what entities are actually represented by the tables in your schema especially when you have many tables to work with.
discuss.fogcreek.com /joelonsoftware?cmd=show&ixPost=5904   (2328 words)

 What's the Plural of 'Virus'?
Trying to find a plural for something that didn't take a plural (possibly because it was not a count but a mass noun), or at least, one for which no plural is classically attested, is a fruitless endeavour.
It may be observed that in Latin as in other languages when the plural of noncountable nouns does occur, it generally denotes various kinds of the entity (e.g., wine, honey, oil).
According to the fourth declension the plural genitive of virus in Latin is viruum and therefore an Index of Viruses is in Latin an Index Viruum.
www.linuxmafia.com /~rick/faq/plural-of-virus.html   (2620 words)

Mongolian plural suffixes are relatively rare as compared to the plural forms used in other languages.
Therefore plural suffixes are usually used only in those cases where it would otherwise prove difficult to decide the intended number from the context alone.
There are however a number of different plural suffixes which are employed rather indiscriminately.
www.linguamongolia.co.uk /plural.html   (359 words)

 Donklephant » Blog Archive » The Word Nerd
The trouble with pluralizing it is that thermos is an ancient Greek adjective (it literally means “hot”).
People wrote of a “Thermos flask” or “Thermos bottle.” That makes the formation of a proper plural somewhat uncertain, as the ending in Greek might be different depending on whether you treat thermos as a noun or an adjective, and depending on the gender of the noun it is attached to.
The coffee shop owner could not have avoided the plural because it was a box of thermae he had lent out for some social or business function, and the instruction was to the organizers of the event to return them all to him in that box.
donklephant.com /2005/07/15/the-word-nerd   (1098 words)

 National ACLU Policy on Plural Marriage
Advocacy of plural marriage and the expression of a religious belief in plural marriage are protected by the free speech guarantee of the First Amendment even though polygamy has been declared to be criminal by states.
As with the advocacy of political doctrines, a line must be drawn between expression of belief and the actual practice of an act which has been proscribed by the community through its legislative representatives (the test of a “clear and present danger”).
The ACLU believes that criminal and civil laws prohibiting or penalizing the practice of plural marriage violate constitutional protections of freedom of expression and association, freedom of religion, and privacy for personal relationships among consenting adults.
www.acluutah.org /pluralmarriage.htm   (266 words)

 What is the plural of 'virus'?   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Besides, viri is the Latin word for 'men' (plural of vir, man, the root the English virile).
There is in fact no written attestation of a Latin plural of virus.
If you have some knowledge of linguistics and Latin, you might be interested in the morphological analysis of the word from the Perseus Project.
dictionary.reference.com /help/faq/language/v/virus.html   (101 words)

 Plural   (Site not responding. Last check: )
There are a few irregular plurals such as men, children, women, oxen, and a number of words taken directly from foreign languages such as alumni (plural of alumnus) or media (plural of medium).
We also speak of the plural form of pronouns--that is, pronouns that take the place of plural nouns like we, you, and they.
We also speak of the plural form of verbs--that is, verbs that go with a plural subject.
englishplus.com /grammar/00000363.htm   (167 words)

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