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plurals, any rules ?

plurals, any rules ?

plurals, any rules ?


Words ending in o get different endings when in plural form. Examples:

archipelagoes, mosquitoes, heroes, tomatoes, torpedoes, haloes, volcanoes, embargoes, etc.


commandos, dynamos, radios, silos, folios, ghettos, embryos, librettos, impresarios, etc.

Question: are there any grammatical (or other) rules for those endings ?


RE: plurals, any rules ?

Short answer:  no.

Longer answer:  the origin of the different ending is that the words that end in -os are for the most part perceived as more "foreign" than those ending in -oes and so are "immune" to some of English's orthographic rules.  This is a generalization and is of no use whatsoever for predicting which category a word will fall in.


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RE: plurals, any rules ?

... into which category a word will fall.

Just never, ever catch the American disease and start putting in apostrophes when unsure.

- Steve

RE: plurals, any rules ?

The "no sentences shall end with preposition" rule is an artificial construction created by people who wanted to make English more like Latin.  Same for the "no split infinitives" rule.

It's the type of rule up with which Churchill would not put.


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RE: plurals, any rules ?

So which rule is not an artificial construction created by people?


RE: plurals, any rules ?

It's "No phrases shall end with a preposition".  I studied German as a kid: verb comma verb and all that.

- Steve

RE: plurals, any rules ?

The one rule is if you do not know how to spell "potatoes" do not run for vice president of the USA.

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