Friday, September 14, 2007

One Child, Two Childs, Three Childrens?!?!

My title shows a problem that I often encounter. I don't know why these mistakes with the words child and children occur but they do have to be corrected. I think it's just a case of being unsure about the plural form.

Child is singular and unlike other singular nouns, we do not add "s" to talk about more than one. The plural of child is children. Since children is already the plural form, we do not add "s" to it either. The English language does throw curve balls like this. It's best to just check things out in a dictionary. Remember, much of learning English is knowing the rules, even if they don't seem to make sense.

So, it's one child and two (or more) children.

Thanks to Lani who taught me how to fix my date and time problem. I feel kind of sheepish that I didn't fully study the features of Blogspot. Lani, please let me know which areas you would like me to add more examples in and if you have a question, just leave me a note!

Have a good day, everyone!


1 comment:

Noel said...

Great and educational blog, Prixie. Quick query: How should I respond to this - "Aren't you glad to see me?". If I respond in the affirmative, does this mean I'm not glad to see him/her? But if I respond in the negative, would I run the chance of being misunderstood? Or is the original question grammatically correct to begin with?