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    Question adjective in the plural

    Hi,

    I came across a phrase reading The Crossword Express and was wondering if 'crossword' is OK as the soft is used to make crosswords (plural).
    Are there any instances where the adjective can be plural?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamer2009 View Post
    Hi,

    I came across a phrase reading The Crossword Express and was wondering if 'crossword' is OK as the soft is used to make crosswords (plural).
    Are there any instances where the adjective can be plural?

    Thanks,
    daydreamer
    In English, unlike French for example, adjectives are singular.

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    Or, you could think of English adjectives as being versatile, encompassing both singular and plural; or even that they have no number at all, per se. I prefer these ideas to the statement that they are singular: "beautiful girls...."

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Or, you could think of English adjectives as being versatile, encompassing both singular and plural; or even that they have no number at all, per se. I prefer these ideas to the statement that they are singular: "beautiful girls...."
    Yes, perhaps 'invariable' is better than 'singular'.

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