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    nationalities?

    For nationalities like "American" we add [s] to make the plural form i.e. "the Americans". But for nationalities like "British" we don't add [s] to form the plural form; we don't say "the BritisheS". May I ask why we don't add [s] to the nationalities that end with [ish]?


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    Re: nationalities?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ismaeltohari View Post
    For nationalities like "American" we add [s] to make the plural form i.e. "the Americans". But for nationalities like "British" we don't add [s] to form the plural form; we don't say "the BritisheS". May I ask why we don't add [s] to the nationalities that end with [ish]?
    Because Briton[s]is the term for someone of British nationality. "Swede[s]"/"Swedish", and "Dane[s]"/Danish are other examples.


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    Re: nationalities?

    Thanks.

    But your reply isn't clear enough to me. Would please elaborate on that?


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    Re: nationalities?

    Not all nationalities are as simple as American [noun] and American [adjective]. Some have differerent words for the people [Briton/Swede] and an adjective defining nationality [British/Swedish].

    You may find this helpful: Nationality Words Table

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