Interested in Language
I'd like to ask about the usage and forms of nouns such as:
nucleus - (pl) nuclei, nucleuses
Do the two forms denote different meanings? I was wondering if the specialised meaning (part of an atom, part of a cell) takes nuclei while the more general one (a group of people/things essential to something) goes for nucleuses.
solo - (pl) soli, solos
Again, any contextual changes in the usage? Is soli preferred with classical music/musical pieces?
index - (pl) indexes, indices
I know there IS a change of meaning here, only I'm not sure which means what.
matrix - (pl) matrixes, matrices
Matrices as a mathematical term and matrixes as a general one (structure)?
mouse - as a computer device; I know it doesn't often appear in the plural but the question has been bugging me since I spotted it in some long-forgotten post. Is mice common in this sense?
And now something fishy
trout and salmon don't have a separate plural forms BUT is it possible with herring and carp? (pl) herring, herrings; (pl) carp, carps?
Trout, salmon is/ are...
Herring/ carp is delicious.
How many herrings/ carps...?
Are these correct?
Thanks for help
In what sense/ context would you use:
gallows is/ gallows are
kennels is/ kennels are
alms is/ alms are
ninepins is/ ninepins are
bellows is/ bellows are
Thanks again for any hints
Last edited by nyota; 09-Jun-2009 at 14:26.