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Thoughts on Plurals

By: Alice Hess Beveridae

We’ll begin with box the plural is boxes, but the plural of ox is oxen, not oxes.

One fowl is a goose but two are called geese, yet the plural of mouse is not ever meese.

You may find a lone mouse, or a whole nest of mice, but the plural of house is still never hice.

If the plural of man is always men, why shouldn’t the plural of pan be pen?

If I speak of a foot and you show me two feet and I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?

If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?

If a singular this is a plural these should the plural of kiss ever be keese?

We speak of a brother and also of brethren and though we say mother we never say methren.

Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him, but imagine the feminine she, shis, and shim.


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