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third person sing. verb: sometimes crescendoes or only crescendos? (Google had some with the es but about 10 times as many with just s). RJFJR 17:16, 14 April 2009 (UTC)

I haven't checked Google (or elsewhere), but the stats you cite seem to answer your question: Both.—msh210 17:56, 22 April 2009 (UTC)
Are you sure that the hits you saw were for the third-person singular present active indicative form of the verb, and not for the plural of the noun? Suffixing -es to <o>-terminal words is pretty common in English (e.g., mottoes, potatoes), but that’s not the case for the third-person singular forms, which are almost without exception formed by the suffixation of -s (the exceptions are a few irregular verbs, like be and wit, and archaic forms which use -(e)th). As a verb form, *crescendoes would either be the third-person singular form of a verb *crescendoe or a non-standard third-person singular form of crescendo. (IMO, unless one uses the superior crescendi, crescendoes makes more sense than crescendos as the plural of crescendo because of its pronunciation, which ends in /—əʊz/ invalid IPA characters (—) rather than /—ɒs/ invalid IPA characters (—); the conflation of the two pronunciations of <os>-terminal words (the aforementioned /—ɒs/ invalid IPA characters (—) — usually singular — and /—əʊz/ invalid IPA characters (—), usually plural) is what leads to words like *kudo, erroneously back-formed from the properly singular kudos — correctly pronounced /ˈkjuːdɒs/ but often mispronounced /ˈkuːdəʊz/.)  (u):Raifʻhār (t):Doremítzwr﴿ 20:22, 23 April 2009 (UTC)

Cited at Citations:crescendo. —RuakhTALK 18:04, 5 December 2009 (UTC)