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    Cool check

    Hello!

    Can "check" (the shape) be plural?

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    Re: check

    There is a check (pattern), but not a check (shape).

    Do you prefer checks or stripes? (Oxford ALD)

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    #3

    Re: check

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    Can "check" (the shape) be plural?

    Thank you
    W
    Yes. "Do you prefer checks or stripes?"

    5JJ beat me to it, and he is correct about pattern rather than shape.
    I should have cited the Oxford ALD as well.
    Last edited by riquecohen; 19-Nov-2010 at 20:18. Reason: Addendum

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    Re: check

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Yes. "Do you prefer checks or stripes?"

    5JJ beat me to it, and he is correct about pattern rather than shape.
    I should have cited the Oxford ALD as well.

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    #5

    Re: check

    Oh, silly me. I thought he meant this:
    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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    Re: check

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    Oh, silly me. I thought he meant this:
    Oh silly you! That's a tick.

    Well, it is to speakers of BrE.

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    Re: check

    I thought it was 'a chequered pattern' or even 'a checkered pattern', but not 'a check pattern'. The latter must be the time-saving version!

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    Re: check

    Quote Originally Posted by Pedroski View Post
    I thought it was 'a chequered pattern' or even 'a checkered pattern', but not 'a check pattern'. The latter must be the time-saving version!
    Chequered (BrE) was rarely, if ever used in that sense for cloth. Its use, at least as far as can be judged from the example sentences in the full OED, appeared to be mainly when an overt comparison to an (ex)chequer board was being made. We still, however, have the chequered flag in motor racing.

    The OED gives an entry for checked with reference to the pattern on a cloth as far back as1536. It also cites Smolletts' check shirts, 1748.

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