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Template:en-noun is an inflection template for most English nouns.

This template contains the necessary meta-data to allow users who are using accelerated editing to create any grammatical forms semi-automatically.

Quick guide[edit]

code result notes
{{en-noun}} or {{en-noun|s}} noun (plural nouns)
{{en-noun|es}} church (plural churches)
{{en-noun|belfries}} belfry (plural belfries)
{{en-noun|-}} awe (uncountable)
{{en-noun|-|s}} rain (usually uncountable; plural rains)
{{en-noun|-|greeneries}} greenery (usually uncountable; plural greeneries)
{{en-noun|~}} beer (countable and uncountable; plural beers)
{{en-noun|!}} or {{en-noun|!|s}} abligurition (plural not attested)
{{en-noun|?}} or {{en-noun|?|s}} tuchus unknown or uncertain plural
{{en-noun|s|seraphim}} seraph (plural seraphs or seraphim)
{{en-noun|head=[[hot]] [[dog]]}} hot dog (plural hot dogs)
{{en-noun|head=[[shoe]] [[polish]]|es}} shoe polish (plural shoe polishes)
{{en-noun|head=[[chain]][[man]]|chainmen}} chainman (plural chainmen)

Extended guide[edit]

Use this template to show the inflection line of an English singular noun.

This template shows the noun in bold (optionally linking its components) and its plural inflections, if any.

{{en-noun}}
{{en-noun|es}}
{{en-noun|...}}
{{en-noun|...|...}}

If the term has uncountable senses, the template can indicate whether the term is sometimes or never countable. Specifying - as the first parameter indicates that a term is uncountable, and no plural is shown by default. If it may occasionally be used as countable, specify the plural form after it.

{{en-noun|-}}
{{en-noun|-|s}}
{{en-noun|-|...}}

Specifying ~ instead indicates that the term is used more or less equally as countable and as uncountable, and uses the default plural.

{{en-noun|~}}
{{en-noun|~|es}}
{{en-noun|~|...}}

In entries for English plural-only nouns, use {{en-plural noun}}:

{{en-plural noun}} 
{{en-plural noun|head=[[Christmas]] [[lights]]}} 
{{en-plural noun|head=firework}}

Parameters[edit]

If the noun forms its plural by adding -s, no parameters are necessary. E.g. on "word":

===Noun===
{{en-noun}}

The above code displays as follows:

Noun

word (plural words)

If the noun forms its plural by adding -es, specify that, e.g. on "march":

{{en-noun|es}}
march (plural marches)

If the noun forms its plural by changing its ending (e.g., by dropping its -y to add -ies) or by any other means (e.g. on "mouse"):

{{en-noun|allies}}
ally (plural allies)
{{en-noun|errata}}
erratum (plural errata)
{{en-noun|mice}}
mouse (plural mice)

Likewise, if the noun is identical in the plural, but still countable, specify it, e.g. on "Abkhaz":

{{en-noun|Abkhaz}}
Abkhaz (plural Abkhaz)

If the noun is uncountable, use "-", e.g. on "awe":

{{en-noun|-}}
awe (uncountable)

Similarly, on "beer" and "geometry":

{{en-noun|~|s}}
beer (countable and uncountable; plural beers)
{{en-noun|~|geometries}}
geometry (countable and uncountable; plural geometries)

If the noun has multiple plural forms, use more numbered parameters, e.g. on "octopus":

{{en-noun|es|octopi|octopodes}}
octopus (plural octopuses or octopi or octopodes)

Pluralia tantum[edit]

If the word is a plurale tantum, then use Template:en-plural noun instead.

Unit tests[edit]

To confirm that any changes retain the required functionality, review Template:en-noun/test.