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    Why is " robe" in plural form?

    The former Beatle changed from his suit into the traditional black graduation robes and mortarboard hat before collecting the accolade in front of a crowd of thousands of cheering students at Yale University.
    Hi! Why is " robe" in plural form? Thanks!


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    Re: Why is " robe" in plural form?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi! Why is " robe" in plural form? Thanks!
    Hi,
    Because the word "robes" doesn't imply any robe (clothes) in its plural form, but means a special attire worn by the gentry or a University graduate on a graduation day or suchlike.

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    Re: Why is " robe" in plural form?

    Thank you, MashUK! I got it.


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    Re: Why is " robe" in plural form?

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    Thank you, MashUK! I got it.

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    Re: Why is " robe" in plural form?

    Don't expect the press to give accurate information.

    Academic dress is of mortorboard (cap) and gown.
    At Yale, it is only Ph.D. graduates who wear a robe and mortarboard - and it is singular! The Beatle received an honorary Doctorate in Music, which is not a Ph.D. He wore a cap and gown ( with trimming associated with the particular award)
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    Re: Why is " robe" in plural form?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi! Why is " robe" in plural form? Thanks!
    In my humble opinion, the newspaper report contains a typo. Lord McCartney may be great but he still wears one robe at a time!

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    Re: Why is " robe" in plural form?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Don't expect the press to give accurate information.

    Academic dress is of mortorboard (cap) and gown.
    At Yale, it is only Ph.D. graduates who wear a robe and motarboard - and it is singular! The Beatle received an honorary Doctorate in Music, which is not a Ph.D. He wore a cap and gown ( with trimming associated with the particular award)
    Thank you for the explanation, David! My post was slowly typed while your nimble fingers were working diligently on your keyboard!! I really must sign-up for speed typing classes!

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    Re: Why is " robe" in plural form?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Don't expect the press to give accurate information.

    Academic dress is of mortorboard (cap) and gown.
    At Yale, it is only Ph.D. graduates who wear a robe and mortarboard - and it is singular! The Beatle received an honorary Doctorate in Music, which is not a Ph.D. He wore a cap and gown ( with trimming associated with the particular award)
    Hold on. Another source writes:
    Paul donned traditional black academic robes and carried his mortarboard hat as he received a Doctor of Music Award at the Ivy League school.
    And the photo supports that:
    Thedaffodils, I agree with MashUK's post.

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    Re: Why is " robe" in plural form?

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    Hold on. Another source writes:
    Paul donned traditional black academic robes and carried his mortarboard hat as he received a Doctor of Music Award at the Ivy League school.
    And the photo supports that:
    Thedaffodils, I agree with MashUK's post.
    Soup,

    In my opinion, the London papers got it wrong. If you look at the photo, McCartney is wearing a single 'robe'...he is not wearing 'robes'.

    Can you find another instance in print where the plural (robes) is used for a commencement recipient? I'd like to see it.

    Cheers,
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    Re: Why is " robe" in plural form?

    Hi All,

    Thank you very much for your answers.

    By the way, Soup, the sentence I quoted in Post 1 was from Daily Mail too. I can't find it any more.

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