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11-22-2003, 20:32
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> We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes;
> but the plural of ox became oxen not oxes.
> One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
> yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
> You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice;
> yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.
> If the plural of man is always called men,
> why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?
> If I spoke of my foot and show you my 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?
> Then one may be that,
> and three would be those,
> yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
> and the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
> We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
> but 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.

> ;Q

HandyMan Hugh
11-22-2003, 20:51
This is why English is so difficult for people to learn. We set the rules and immediately shred them.

To wit: one ox is, an ox. The plural is oxen. Mouse is singular, the plural is mice. Therefore a farmer with foxes in his hen houses should be described as having foxen in his hen hice. Go figure!

11-23-2003, 17:37
Don't forget that the singular of dice is die... and of course the plural of die, is dies...