What is plural?

  • (adj): Grammatical number category referring to two or more items or units.
    See also — Additional definitions below


The plural is one of the categories of grammatical number in many languages. Plural forms of nouns typically denote a quantity other than the default quantity represented by a noun, which is generally one (the form that represents this default quantity is said to be of singular number). Most commonly, therefore, plurals are used to denote two or more of something, although they may also denote fractional, zero or negative amounts. An example of a plural is the English word cats, which is derived from the singular cat.

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Plural - POS Tagging
... In part-of-speech tagging notation is used to distinguish different types of plurals based on the grammatical and semantic context ... Resolution varies, for example the Penn-Treebank tagset (~36 tags) has two tags NNS - noun, plural, and NPS - Proper noun, plural, while the CLAWS 7 tagset (~149 tags) uses six NN2 - plural common noun ...
Broken Plural
... In linguistics, a broken plural (or internal plural) is an irregular plural form of a noun or adjective found in the Semitic languages and other Afroasiatic languages such as Berber ... Broken plurals are formed by changing the pattern of consonants and vowels inside the singular form ... They contrast with sound plurals (or external plurals), which are formed by adding a suffix ...
Apophony - Stem Alternations and Other Morphological Processes
... An example of this is in the formation of plural nouns in German Singular Plural Buch "book" Bücher "books" Haus "house" Häuser "houses" Here the ... similar forms with a -ren suffix in the plural and a -en suffix in the past participle forms along with the internal vowel alternation child (singular) /ˈtʃaɪld/ children (plur ...
Algerian Arabic - Grammar - Conjugations and Verbs
... suffixes change according to the tense Person Past Present Singular Plural Singular Plural 1st - t - na n - n(e) - u 2nd (m) - t - tu t - t - u 2nd (f) - ti - tu t - i t - u 3rd (m) - - u i/y(e) - i/y(e) - u 3rd (f ...
Fogo Creole - Grammar - Determiners
... For the indefinite articles there are two forms, one for the singular, another for the plural úm… /ũ/ “a, an (singular)”, úns… /ũz/ “a, an (plural)” The possessive determiners have number inflexion ...

More definitions of "plural":

  • (noun): The form of a word that is used to denote more than one.
    Synonyms: plural form