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    Default Plural forms of some nouns

    Hi,
    I'd like to ask about the usage and forms of nouns such as:

    nucleus - (pl) nuclei, nucleuses
    Do the two forms denote different meanings? I was wondering if the specialised meaning (part of an atom, part of a cell) takes nuclei while the more general one (a group of people/things essential to something) goes for nucleuses.

    solo - (pl) soli, solos
    Again, any contextual changes in the usage? Is soli preferred with classical music/musical pieces?

    index - (pl) indexes, indices
    I know there IS a change of meaning here, only I'm not sure which means what.

    matrix - (pl) matrixes, matrices
    Matrices as a mathematical term and matrixes as a general one (structure)?

    mouse - as a computer device; I know it doesn't often appear in the plural but the question has been bugging me since I spotted it in some long-forgotten post. Is mice common in this sense?


    And now something fishy

    trout and salmon don't have a separate plural forms BUT is it possible with herring and carp? (pl) herring, herrings; (pl) carp, carps?

    Trout, salmon is/ are...
    Herring/ carp is delicious.
    How many herrings/ carps...?

    Are these correct?


    Thanks for help






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    Default Re: Plural forms of some nouns

    To continue...

    In what sense/ context would you use:

    gallows is/ gallows are
    kennels is/ kennels are
    alms is/ alms are
    ninepins is/ ninepins are
    bellows is/ bellows are

    mediums/media
    terminuses/termini
    virtuoses/virtuosi

    Thanks again for any hints
    Last edited by nyota; 09-Jun-2009 at 13:26.

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