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===Etymology 2===
 
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===Etymology 3===
 
===Etymology 3===

Revision as of 11:01, 9 May 2013

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English -s, -es, from Old English -as, nominative-accusative plural ending of masculine a-stem (i.e. strong) declension nouns, from Proto-Germanic Template:recons, Template:recons, from Proto-Indo-European Template:recons, Template:recons. Most common Old English plural marker (c. 40% of Old English nouns). Cognate with Scots -s (plural ending), West Frisian -s (plural ending), Dutch -s (plural ending), Low German -s (plural ending), Danish -er (plural ending), Swedish -r, -ar, -or (plural ending), Icelandic -ir (plural ending), Gothic [script?] (-os, nominative plural ending of a-stem masculine nouns).

Suffix

-s

  1. Used to form regular plurals of nouns.
    one computerfive computers
  2. Used to form many pluralia tantum (nouns that are almost or entirely without singular forms).
    shorts, sunglasses, days
Usage notes
  • (regular plurals): In semi-formal or formal contexts, where the plurality of a noun depends on some unknown aspect of the sentence, the s may be parenthesised: "The winner(s) will be invited to a prize ceremony."
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Derived terms
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Etymology 2

Middle English -(e)s (third person singular ending of verbs) from Northern Old English (Northumbian dialect) -es, -as (third person singular ending). Replaced historical Old English third person singular ending -(e)þ, -aþ (-eth). Possibly due to Scandinavian influence or related to -es, -as, second-person singular ending of verbs. More at -est

Suffix

-s

  1. Used to form the third-person singular indicative present tense of verbs.
    to eathe eats
See also
Derived terms

see Category:English third-person singular forms

Translations