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suttichart.denpruektham
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5/5/2013 5:12:28 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
To all the native English speakers:

Please explain to me why do you need an "s" to pluralized your noun. I mean if I said "there are three apples" why do I need to pluralized the apple when the sentence already it imply that it is three.

Asking for fun ;D
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5/5/2013 5:26:45 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/5/2013 5:12:28 AM, suttichart.denpruektham wrote:
To all the native English speakers:

Please explain to me why do you need an "s" to pluralized your noun. I mean if I said "there are three apples" why do I need to pluralized the apple when the sentence already it imply that it is three.

Asking for fun ;D

When it comes to the english language, never ask why...

an apple is singular, when there is more than one apple, the word changes. It doesn't matter that another part of the sentence may confirm there is more than one apple, since there is more than one apple, the entire word gets an extra letter.

This is not always the case. For example: sheep.
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5/5/2013 5:58:51 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/5/2013 5:26:45 AM, Smithereens wrote:
At 5/5/2013 5:12:28 AM, suttichart.denpruektham wrote:
To all the native English speakers:

Please explain to me why do you need an "s" to pluralized your noun. I mean if I said "there are three apples" why do I need to pluralized the apple when the sentence already it imply that it is three.

Asking for fun ;D

When it comes to the english language, never ask why...

an apple is singular, when there is more than one apple, the word changes. It doesn't matter that another part of the sentence may confirm there is more than one apple, since there is more than one apple, the entire word gets an extra letter.

This is not always the case. For example: sheep.

yeah, know that.

I just pretty mus curious, how do you feel when seeing situation like this, like why do you feel strange when somebody said 3 apple instead of apples? I mean I would not normally feel that the sentence has anything wrong until conform to the grammar system because the massage is already stated that there are 3 apples, so it automatically give me a massage that there are more than one object.
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5/5/2013 6:56:21 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/5/2013 5:58:51 AM, suttichart.denpruektham wrote:
At 5/5/2013 5:26:45 AM, Smithereens wrote:
At 5/5/2013 5:12:28 AM, suttichart.denpruektham wrote:
To all the native English speakers:

Please explain to me why do you need an "s" to pluralized your noun. I mean if I said "there are three apples" why do I need to pluralized the apple when the sentence already it imply that it is three.

Asking for fun ;D

When it comes to the english language, never ask why...

an apple is singular, when there is more than one apple, the word changes. It doesn't matter that another part of the sentence may confirm there is more than one apple, since there is more than one apple, the entire word gets an extra letter.

This is not always the case. For example: sheep.

yeah, know that.

I just pretty mus curious, how do you feel when seeing situation like this, like why do you feel strange when somebody said 3 apple instead of apples? I mean I would not normally feel that the sentence has anything wrong until conform to the grammar system because the massage is already stated that there are 3 apples, so it automatically give me a massage that there are more than one object.

I don't feel strange at all...
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5/5/2013 7:11:23 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/5/2013 5:12:28 AM, suttichart.denpruektham wrote:
To all the native English speakers:

Please explain to me why do you need an "s" to pluralized your noun. I mean if I said "there are three apples" why do I need to pluralized the apple when the sentence already it imply that it is three.

Asking for fun ;D

Because the number of something isn't always explicit.
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5/5/2013 10:54:12 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/5/2013 6:56:21 AM, Scythe wrote:
At 5/5/2013 5:58:51 AM, suttichart.denpruektham wrote:
At 5/5/2013 5:26:45 AM, Smithereens wrote:
At 5/5/2013 5:12:28 AM, suttichart.denpruektham wrote:
To all the native English speakers:

Please explain to me why do you need an "s" to pluralized your noun. I mean if I said "there are three apples" why do I need to pluralized the apple when the sentence already it imply that it is three.

Asking for fun ;D

When it comes to the english language, never ask why...

an apple is singular, when there is more than one apple, the word changes. It doesn't matter that another part of the sentence may confirm there is more than one apple, since there is more than one apple, the entire word gets an extra letter.

This is not always the case. For example: sheep.

yeah, know that.

I just pretty mus curious, how do you feel when seeing situation like this, like why do you feel strange when somebody said 3 apple instead of apples? I mean I would not normally feel that the sentence has anything wrong until conform to the grammar system because the massage is already stated that there are 3 apples, so it automatically give me a massage that there are more than one object.

I don't feel strange at all...

so purely for communication purpose, pluralization is not exactly necessary?
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5/5/2013 2:05:38 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/5/2013 5:58:51 AM, suttichart.denpruektham wrote:
At 5/5/2013 5:26:45 AM, Smithereens wrote:
At 5/5/2013 5:12:28 AM, suttichart.denpruektham wrote:
To all the native English speakers:

Please explain to me why do you need an "s" to pluralized your noun. I mean if I said "there are three apples" why do I need to pluralized the apple when the sentence already it imply that it is three.

Asking for fun ;D

Every language has silly rules which don't make sense, and are just part of a culturally reinforced linguistic order. The French have masculine and feminine nouns, for example. Japanese has many different conjugation schemes for varying levels of formality. Latin has its convoluted verb conjugation on top of many other things.
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5/5/2013 6:43:08 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
No idea. Same applies to Spanish, so it appears to be a common thing among languages--at least Romance languages--to change a word when pluralized.

For instance:

ENGLISH: Apple---> Three apples
SPANISH: Manzana---> Tres manzanas
ITALIAN: Mela---> Tre mele
FRENCH: Pomme---> Trois pommes
LATIN: Pomum---> Tres poma
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5/5/2013 9:02:29 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
"We need to remove this man's leg."

vs

"We need to remove this man's legs."

Sometimes the s matters.
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5/5/2013 11:28:26 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/5/2013 2:05:38 PM, Skepsikyma wrote:
At 5/5/2013 5:58:51 AM, suttichart.denpruektham wrote:
At 5/5/2013 5:26:45 AM, Smithereens wrote:
At 5/5/2013 5:12:28 AM, suttichart.denpruektham wrote:
To all the native English speakers:

Please explain to me why do you need an "s" to pluralized your noun. I mean if I said "there are three apples" why do I need to pluralized the apple when the sentence already it imply that it is three.

Asking for fun ;D

Every language has silly rules which don't make sense, and are just part of a culturally reinforced linguistic order. The French have masculine and feminine nouns, for example. Japanese has many different conjugation schemes for varying levels of formality. Latin has its convoluted verb conjugation on top of many other things.

well I can understand the japanese linguistic formality though, I also have that in my language and failing to use it can feel very strange or even offensive in some case.

It feel like you are using the word f_ck every time you say in non-formality content so forgot to remove it when saying something formal can be clearly rude.