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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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in the plural, my dear Pelisson," said La Fontaine, clapping his hand on the shoulder of his friend, whose insult he had quite forgotten, "and they will rhyme.
SOCRATES: Well then, for my own sake as well as for yours, I will do my very best; but I am afraid that I shall not be able to give you very many as good: and now, in your turn, you are to fulfil your promise, and tell me what virtue is in the universal; and do not make a singular into a plural, as the facetious say of those who break a thing, but deliver virtue to me whole and sound, and not broken into a number of pieces: I have given you the pattern.
156} Lower down (line 143) Euryclea says it was herself that had thrown the cloak over Ulysses--for the plural should not be taken as implying more than one person.
Regular and irregular inflection in the acquisition of German noun plurals.
But how to spell the plurals of yes and no was beyond me.
Group expressions and the semantics of plurals and collective nouns.
One internal innate constraint-based explanation for the dissociation between regular and irregular plurals in compounds arises from a theory that orders morphological processes on a hierarchy of levels (Kiparsky, 1982).
If those is the plural of that, then cose and rose got to be the plurals of cat and rat.
The plurals tools and requirements are wrongly apostrophized, and the possessive pronouns your and its should be you're and it's.
Miles Kington, columnist with the British newspaper Independent has a bit of fun with plurals.
singular nouns with invariable plurals such as fish)--and the high incidence of the non-overtly-marked plural noun people in the data--almost 80% of the instances of NNo/NN retrieved from both corpora--only people is considered in the data and analysis presented here.