Talk:spacecrafts

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I believe this is wrong. The plural of spacecraft is spacecraft!

  1. Yes it sounds wrong to me but it gets a lot of google book hits [1] so we won't be able to delete it. I will mention that simply "spacecraft" is an alternative. Kappa 01:20, 22 December 2006 (UTC)
It is obvious some people (especially those not totally fluent in English) will use "spacecrafts" because the addition of an s is a common way to pluralise in English. That doesn't mean "spacecrafts" is a valid English word however, the only correct pluralisation is "spacecraft", it is its own plural. "Spacecrafts" is not an alternative, it is a mistake. ChiZeroOne 13:52, 3 May 2011 (UTC)
Depends what you mean 'valid'. It exists, there's no question over that; can we call this a misconstruction or a nonstandard form? IMO, yes, perhaps "nonstandard" is the best tag, it's has quite neutral implications, unlike misspelling or error. Mglovesfun (talk) 13:55, 3 May 2011 (UTC)
No it most definately is an error, or miscontruction if you will. There is only one form, "spacecraft", with no correct alternative. I have no doubt some people do use it (i've seen plenty of examples of it in (broken-)English language work by non-native speakers), we however do not legitimise every other mistake possible so why this one? ChiZeroOne 14:51, 3 May 2011 (UTC)
Well you can nominate it for deletion using that logic if you like; fetii was nominated for deletion as a 'rare misconstruction' and passed so I wouldn't recommend nominating this for deletion, as I think it's almost certain to pass. But while it's here, let's link to it from spacecraft. BTW we also have an entry for definately, as you put it. Mglovesfun (talk) 14:55, 3 May 2011 (UTC)
My main problem is not the documentation of the mistake, but that the current "spacecraft" page implies that it isn't a mistake. As for "Definately", yes i'm not perfect myself especially when trying to type fast, the difference is i'm not claiming that Definately is a correct alternative to Definitely. Interesting you bring that up as Definitely does not have a link to its mispelling Definately... ChiZeroOne 15:17, 3 May 2011 (UTC)