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#191566 - 06/15/10 08:40 AM plural
Nan Offline

Registered: 06/15/10
Posts: 5
Loc: Louisiana
We recently visited Hawaii where we saw a mongoose running around the country side. Actually we saw bunches and bunches of them, which leads to my question: What is the plural of mongoose? mongooses? mongeese? mongoose?

#191567 - 06/15/10 09:08 AM Re: plural of mongoose [Re: Nan]
zmjezhd Offline
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Registered: 08/13/05
Posts: 3290
Loc: R'lyeh
I would use mongooses. The word is unrelated to English goose.
Ceci n'est pas un seing.

#191568 - 06/15/10 09:09 AM Re: plural of mongoose [Re: zmjezhd]
Nan Offline

Registered: 06/15/10
Posts: 5
Loc: Louisiana
Sounds good to me! Thanks.

#191681 - 06/26/10 02:37 AM Re: plural of mongoose [Re: Nan]
Zed Offline

Registered: 08/27/02
Posts: 2154
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
My brain says Mongooses is correct but my ears think it sounds odd.

Hey, how come Nan's first post (Hi Nan) said 2 posts and then she posted again and it still said 2 posts.
I don't really expect an answer but I'm tired and that is as deep as my thinking goes at the moment. Maybe I should go to bed instead of AWADing

#191686 - 06/26/10 11:17 AM Re: plural of mongoose [Re: Zed]
BranShea Offline
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Registered: 06/23/06
Posts: 5292
Loc: Netherlands, the Hague
Nice to see you Zed. laugh I think you must have been tired indeed.

I think Nan made two posts total. The topic opener was the first and the second post was the second. Is the counting system gives
the total of your posts. So when she did her (/his-who knows?) first post it said 1. After the second it said 2. I understand the confusion. I have these wonderfully intelligent moments too.
s m i l e

Yes, is it mon goose, ton goose or notre goose?


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