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An '''uninflected plural''' or '''zero plural''' is a [[plural]] [[noun]] that is identical to its [[singular]] form and is therefore an [[irregular plural]].
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An '''uninflected plural''', '''zero plural''', or '''invariant plural''' is a [[plural]] [[noun]] that is identical to its [[singular]] form and is therefore an [[irregular plural]].
  
 
Examples in [[English]] include:
 
Examples in [[English]] include:
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Also words like "species",
 
Also words like "species",
  
Some words have both an uninflected plural and a [[regular plural]] that is inflected with [[plural -s]].
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Some words have both an uninflected plural and an [[inflected plural]]; in the vast majority of (all?) cases this is a [[regular plural]] that is with [[plural -s]]. Examples?
  
 
Learners may [[over-regularise]] plurals and say things like *"sheeps", etc.  They just have to be learnt.
 
Learners may [[over-regularise]] plurals and say things like *"sheeps", etc.  They just have to be learnt.
  
 
[[category:plurals]]
 
[[category:plurals]]

Latest revision as of 03:57, 15 November 2019

An uninflected plural, zero plural, or invariant plural is a plural noun that is identical to its singular form and is therefore an irregular plural.

Examples in English include:

Animals - deer, fish (usually), rhinoceros, sheep, swine, etc.

Also words like "species",

Some words have both an uninflected plural and an inflected plural; in the vast majority of (all?) cases this is a regular plural that is with plural -s. Examples?

Learners may over-regularise plurals and say things like *"sheeps", etc. They just have to be learnt.