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English has some strange inconsistencies

Sept. 19, 2012 at 4:19 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Permit me to explain my latest discovery of a common inconsistency in our language. This inconsistency appears frequently and almost constantly. Here it is:

Peculiarities of the English Language:

If a noun is singular, it lacks a final "s." But if that noun is plural, it most often contains a final "s." For example, we say "one cat; many cats" or "one voyage; two voyages."

However, to use a verb, the opposite must occur. That is, we say "He travels, and they travel," not "He travel, and they travels." But that final "s" is removed when indicating that there is more than one person doing the traveling.

Those of us who grew up with this language are so accustomed to it that we write it and speak it the way we do without even thinking about it!

Frances Adelhardt (age 93.5), Victoria



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