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August 21, 2003

The plural of Moose

Two different people have reported to me recent sightings of Moose in the local State Park. One sighting about four weeks ago on the back side of the "tower mountain", and another a week and a half ago at the Fundy boat launch.

Posted by jghiii at August 21, 2003 04:15 PM
Posted by: -K- on January 8, 2004 04:09 AM

Some nouns, mainly names of birds, fishes, and mammals, have the same form in the plural as in the singular: bison, deer, moose, sheep, swine. Some words that follow this pattern, such as antelope, cod, crab, elk, fish, flounder, grouse, herring, quail, reindeer, salmon, shrimp, and trout, also have regular plurals ending in -s: antelope, antelopes; fish, fishes; salmon, salmons. Normally in such cases the unchanged plural indicates that the animal in question is being considered collectively, while the plural ending in -s is used specifically to indicate different varieties or species or kinds: We caught six fish but Half a dozen fishes inhabit the lake. By far, however, most animal names take a regular plural: dogs, cats, lions, monkeys, whales.

Posted by: Cory Rider on February 11, 2004 10:54 PM

I think that this is the best debate ever. Please send alot of emails about this debate. I will gladly debate with anyone on this subject.

Posted by: sherman on February 12, 2004 01:42 AM

Cory, Cory, Cory.

If you're gonna do a lot of drugs and then go surfing and leaving comments on random blogs, the proper protocol is to share with the regular blog inhabitants.

Now, which Cory are you? The cute one or the dweeb one with that wacked square shaped head?

Posted by: Jo Ann on February 12, 2004 03:27 AM

He's the one who thinks "a lot" is one word.

Cory: Do you remember if Jack was in any of your English classes?

Posted by: moosie on March 27, 2004 12:21 AM

Whats the PLural for "Moose"? is it mooses?

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