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PLURAL. A term used in grammar, which signifies more than one.
     2. Sometimes, however, it may be so expressed that it means only one, as, if a man were to devise to another all he was worth, if he, the testator, died without children, and he died leaving one child, the devise would not take effect. See Dig. 50, 16, 148; Id. 35, 1, 101, 1; Id. 3 1, 17, 4 Code, 6, 49, 6, 2; Shelf. on L 559, 589. See Singular.

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c) AG occurs in the infinitive, gerund and impersonal present form, in the plural form of the past participle, and depending on the form constituent, also in the singular form of the past participle: INF noissa, PRIPS noissa, PLPFPSPP noisseD, SgPfPsPp noissuD (~ noist).
Clearly in this instance, too, the proper name of a single person is used in the plural form to express that the form of address is not meant in an exclusive manner.
Campbell's treatment (1959: 226-229) highlights that the nature of the base-final segment, whether the base ended in a liquid (1, r) or a nasal (n, m), or neither, was key in the sense that disyllabic neuters of this shape, regardless of root syllable length, typically contained an anaptyctic vowel in zero-inflected forms, like their regular nominative and accusative plural forms (cf.
For six collective nouns (duo 'duo, pair', gezin 'family, household', team 'team', maatschappij 'company', comite 'committee', regering 'government') relative pronouns are proportionately more plural than verbs, but for five of them that difference is less than 1% and it seems that a major factor is the considerably smaller number of relative pronouns (which means that the chance of a plural form is also smaller.
The plural form, Chakraborti suggests, appeals to the Western sense of agency and its consequences, suggesting that others will follow Nandini in her resistance (apparently Tagore made the English version of the play more action-oriented).
CPAs (no apostrophe) is the plural form of the noun abbreviation, as in Smith and Jones CPAs (not Smith and Jones CPA's)
Also, fascinating, is his exploration of recent uses of Heimat in its plural form by nonethnic Germans.
In the word posteriora Jerome has preserved the enigmatic plural form of the Hebrew word achoray, meaning "my backs," which a number of Rabbinic commentators explicate philosophically.
His own "fathers" (note that the plural form of the noun always marks the nationalist register) are "black" (351).
The author briefly describes his transition from a Dental Corps technician to an Airborne infantryman, but the stories (and I use the plural form deliberately) really begin in the few weeks leading up to D-Day.
Besides the obvious misspelling (one), ``literature,'' meaning the written works of a particular country, language or age, is already in its plural form and thus the ending S is superfluous (two).