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    DMARD (plural?)

    I have a question about the word DMARDs (disease modified anti-rheumatic drugs). The "D" is from "drug", which is a countable noun, so I thought we should add the plural "s" when we talk about two or more such drugs. However, according to one of my dictionaries (Japenese to English and English to Japanese), the plural form of "DMARD" is "DMARD". I often see "DMARDs" on the Internet, so I think "DMARDs" is correct, but I'd like to know if "DMARD" is also correct as a plural form. Could someone tell it to me please?

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    Re: DMARD (plural?)

    I would add the lower case "s" to make it plural. The only drug acronym I'm used to seeing is "NSAID" (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) and that is pluralised to NSAIDs.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: DMARD (plural?)

    In practice, few people mentally expand an acronym to decide how to pluralize it. Just add an ​s.
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    Re: DMARD (plural?)

    I would use DMARDs as the plural. To be honest, I wouldn't have bothered worrying about it either. If I want to make an acronym plural, I just shove -s on the end.

    Not expanding acronyms also allows people to say things like PIN number and HIV virus without realising the redundancy.

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    Re: DMARD (plural?)

    Thank you!

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    Re: DMARD (plural?)

    Your desire to express your thanks is appreciated, yuri_osak, but you can do this just by clicking on Thank at the bottom left of the post that helped you.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 07-Apr-2016 at 19:55. Reason: typo

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