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    the [e]s … the [a]s

    separate - How do you separate the [e]s from the [a]s in this word? Simple: the [e]s surround the [a]s.
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    I don’t know what the purpose of s here is? Will you tell me, please?


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    Re: the [e]s … the [a]s

    The purpose of s is to make both e and a plural. The usage employed by the author is non-standard.

    In the author's example separate there is an efollowed by an a and then another a, followed by an e . The author claims that "the [e]s surround the [a]s" but how general and useful this rule is I don't know.

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    Re: the [e]s … the [a]s

    It shows the simple plural of the letters e and a.

    The word 'addresses' has two 'e's and three 's'​s.

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    Re: the [e]s … the [a]s

    Rover's way of writing the plural form of the letters is more natural than the original.

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