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    Default Tooth / Teeth

    What do these mean?

    1. Did you get a tooth check-up?
    2. Did you get a teeth check-up?

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    Default Re: Tooth / Teeth

    They mean, 'did you have a dental examination?'

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    Thanks.

    What does it mean when I use 'teeth' instead of 'tooth' and vice versa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    Thanks.

    What does it mean when I use 'teeth' instead of 'tooth' and vice versa?
    I agree with MM. Use "dental".

    By the way, adjectives do not carry inflectional endings. Plural -s and other plural variants (i.e., vowel mutation: foot, feet, tooth, teeth) are inflectional.

    "tooth" functions as an adjective, "teeth" does not:

    I have a toothache.
    I have a *teethache.

    I have a football.
    I have a *feetball.

    But,

    I have a tooth appointment. (specifically one tooth)
    I have a teeth appointment. (more than one tooth)

    Meaning, I have an appointment for my tooth/teeth.

    "I have a dental check-up" (one tooth or more)
    "I have a tooth check-up" (specifically one tooth)

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