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    Hi,

    Please let me know if dialogues and etiquettes are words

    Kind Regards

    Prince

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    Quote Originally Posted by princesabharwal View Post
    Hi,

    Please let me know if dialogues and etiquettes are words

    Kind Regards

    Prince
    Dialogues is certainly a word.

    I would say that you can pluralise "etiquette" though we would rarely need to.

    There is etiquette related to eating, and etiquette related to dancing. If you go to a dinner and dance evening, you will have to study both etiquettes in advance.

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    Default Re: plural forms

    Etiquette is etiquette. There is no plural.

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    Default Re: plural forms

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Etiquette is etiquette. There is no plural.
    Would you, in that case, not be able to use the sentence I gave?

    "...you would have to study both etiquettes in advance."

    Would you have said "you would have to study the etiquette of/for both in advance"?

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    Yes, that is how I would say it. Something like "study the etiquette for each situation."

    (I checked an online dictionary and there is no plural given for the word.)

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    Miss Manners would probably say something like "there is only etiquette, and it applies to whatever situation one might find himself in."

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Miss Manners would probably say something like "there is only etiquette, and it applies to whatever situation one might find himself in."
    Not "oneself"?

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    Default Re: plural forms

    Yes, "oneself."

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    Default Re: plural forms

    Yes, they are indeed words!

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    Default Re: plural forms

    "étiquettes" is a word in French, it means "tickets".

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