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    computing mouse

    Hello
    What is the plural of mouse? mice or mouses (in computing)

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    Re: computing mouse

    Either. Mice, mouses, or you can say mouse devices.

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    Re: computing mouse

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    Hello
    What is the plural of mouse? mice or mouses (in computing)

    Thanks
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good afternoon, Over the Top.

    (1) In theory, both are "correct."

    (2) I think (I repeat "think") that most people in the United States

    probably prefer "mouses."

    (3) If you say "mice," maybe some people will laugh.

    Have a nice day!

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    Re: computing mouse

    This reminds me of an old joke.

    The zoo's remaining mongoose died. The zookeeper decided to buy two of them. He wrote to the exotic animal supply store "Please send me two mongooses." He decided that looked wrong, so I crossed it out and wrote again "Please send me two mongeese." He thought that looked even worse. So he crossed that out and tried again. "Please send me a mongoose. While you're at it, send me another one."

    I need a new computer mouse. In fact, I need two.

    That's safe :)
    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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