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    lettuces

    Hi,

    I read this sentence camdict/shrivel:

    You ought to pick those lettuces before they shrivel up and die.

    How do you pronounce “lettuces”? May I ask for the IPA?

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    Re: lettuces

    /'letɪsɪs/
    Either or both /i/ vowels may be pronounced /ə/.

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    Re: lettuces

    Lettuce is uncountable in American English. We don't use the plural form except when reading Beatrix Potter stories aloud.
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    Re: lettuces

    The plural "lettuces" is rare. Its most common use is when discussing varieties of lettuce: Bibb, iceberg, Boston etc. Less frequently the plural is used to mean heads of lettuce, as in this example from the Corpus of Contemporary American English: "bagging lettuces down at the packing house."

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