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    Cool sheeps

    Hi,

    I have a stupid question: Why can't I use the plural of the word sheep with a "s"? -----> sheeps

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    Re: sheeps

    Well you can if you like - but that's not the way the language works, so you'll be making a mistake.

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    Cool Re: sheeps

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Well you can if you like - but that's not the way the language works, so you'll be making a mistake.

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    Are there other words that omit the "s" in the plural?


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    Re: sheeps

    The real answer is because some academic many years ago decided that it was wrong, and in those days no one had the guts to tell him that HE was wrong!

    Because English is a language which constantly evolves, what is right and wrong is eventually defined by the users, so if enough people use a word it should eventually become acceptable!

    I'm totally qualmless about this.

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    Re: sheeps

    Quote Originally Posted by ieasy View Post
    Are there other words that omit the "s" in the plural?
    Here are just a few:

    A deer, two deer.
    A moose, two moose.
    One fish, two fish (red fish, blue fish... oh, sorry, Dr. Seuss...)

    Then others change internally:
    One mouse, two mice
    One goose, two geese

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