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    Cool a dice

    Hello!

    Can we say "a" dice?

    Thank you
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    Re: a dice

    I'd say:

    a die
    two dice

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    Re: a dice

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Can we say "a" dice?
    Yes, in BrE. There are still some who insist that 'die' is the singular form, 'dice' the plural. Most of those who touch such things, however, play with one dice or two dice.

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    Re: a dice

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Yes, in BrE. There are still some who insist that 'die' is the singular form, 'dice' the plural. Most of those who touch such things, however, play with one dice or two dice.
    This is so comforting. A die sounds so... morbid. Dice seems to come more naturally, I don't know why though.

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    Re: a dice

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    This is so comforting. A die sounds so... morbid. Dice seems to come more naturally, I don't know why though.
    I agree. Remember, however, that in such expressions as 'the die is cast' (from the Latin 'alea jacta est') only 'die' is possible.

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    Re: a dice

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_(manufacturing)

    Not all "dies" are morbid!

    I am American, and if I heard someone say that they rolled a "dice," I would think them ill-educated. "Dice" is plural.

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    Re: a dice

    Well, I confess that I say "one dice."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: a dice

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_(manufacturing)

    Not all "dies" are morbid!

    I am American, and if I heard someone say that they rolled a "dice," I would think them ill-educated. "Dice" is plural.
    Ill-educated in die theory and praxis?

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    Re: a dice

    I too am a "one dice, two dice" person, along with everyone I've ever played Monopoly or Snakes & Ladders with.

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    Re: a dice

    I die/dice but don't feel strongly either way.

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