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    nouns plural

    I understand that the plural for mouse is mice; however, when use in the following sentence is this plural correct.

    All of the computer mice are working.

    Are we using the noun plural for mouse correctly?

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    Re: nouns plural

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    I understand that the plural for mouse is mice; however, when use in the following sentence is this plural correct.

    All of the computer mice are working.

    Are we using the noun plural for mouse correctly?
    Yes, we are stuck with that at the moment. The poor mouse was named before the compuiter was invented.


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    Re: nouns plural

    Quote Originally Posted by fleming
    I understand that the plural for mouse is mice; however, when use in the following sentence is this plural correct.

    All of the computer mice are working.

    Are we using the noun plural for mouse correctly?
    Hi :) fleming
    Don't get confused!
    The mouse we use for computer has no plural, only the living mouse has plural.
    Henry

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    Re: nouns plural

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    Quote Originally Posted by fleming
    I understand that the plural for mouse is mice; however, when use in the following sentence is this plural correct.

    All of the computer mice are working.

    Are we using the noun plural for mouse correctly?
    Hi :) fleming
    Don't get confused!
    The mouse we use for computer has no plural, only the living mouse has plural.
    Henry
    Hi, Henry,

    What would you suggest we call two of them?

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    I've heard 'mouses' used for the computer thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I've heard 'mouses' used for the computer thing.
    I have also, but, happily, not often. 8)

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    I think mouses is perfectly okay for the computer thingie, but I suppose some people say mice.

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    It's a tricky one because we rarely use the plural,so nothing's really been established.


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    Re: nouns plural

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    Quote Originally Posted by fleming
    I understand that the plural for mouse is mice; however, when use in the following sentence is this plural correct.

    All of the computer mice are working.

    Are we using the noun plural for mouse correctly?
    Hi :) fleming
    Don't get confused!
    The mouse we use for computer has no plural, only the living mouse has plural.
    Henry
    Hi, Henry,

    What would you suggest we call two of them?
    Hi Mike NY,
    As far as i can recall,I have neither heard nor seen that the mouse used for computer is a living thing like the mouse which runs around on your ceiling.
    So: All of the computer mouse are working perfectly.

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    Re: nouns plural

    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    Quote Originally Posted by fleming
    I understand that the plural for mouse is mice; however, when use in the following sentence is this plural correct.

    All of the computer mice are working.

    Are we using the noun plural for mouse correctly?
    Hi :) fleming
    Don't get confused!
    The mouse we use for computer has no plural, only the living mouse has plural.
    Henry
    Hi, Henry,

    What would you suggest we call two of them?
    Hi Mike NY,
    As far as i can recall,I have neither heard nor seen that the mouse used for computer is a living thing like the mouse which runs around on your ceiling.
    So: All of the computer mouse are working perfectly.
    I don't think anyone suggested that a computer mouse was an actual rodent. That, however, doesn't resolve the issue. Using "mouse" as both the singular and plural is an option, but it is my least favorite one. :wink:

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