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    #1

    plural form: americans, britishs,spanishs

    Can you please make them plural as in the example;

    Americans are taking more vitamins than ever before in history.

    American: single... americans: plural

    what about British?

    Britishs are.... or Britishes are
    Spanishs are ... or Spanishes are


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    #2

    Re: plural form: americans, britishs,spanishs

    British and Spanish are adjectives and so don't have plural forms.

    The correct terms are Britons and Spaniards.

    Briton(s) is often informally shortened to Brit(s).

    Hope that helps

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    #3

    Re: plural form: americans, britishs,spanishs

    yeah, American is an adjective, however, people say and write:

    Americans are the richest people in the world.

    and so on.


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    Re: plural form: americans, britishs,spanishs

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    yeah, American is an adjective, however, people say and write:

    Americans are the richest people in the world.

    and so on.
    Adjective are often used to refer to a people (i.e. the French, the British). However, in some cases (according to the rule when adjectives do NOT end with ch, s, sh or z, but the most common cases are adjective ending with -an), an s must be added to the adjective to form the word which refers to the people.
    i.e.
    Canadian => Canadians
    Argentian => Argentinians
    American => Americans
    Italian => Italians

    This is the source (Look at paragraph 2c).


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    Re: plural form: americans, britishs,spanishs

    Yes but American, Canadian, etc are also nouns - it is just that their form coincides with the adjective.

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