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    Cool Forum not Forums

    err,at the risk of being 'pernickety' - the 'eBid Forum' should be described in the singular and not the plural...

    I believe there is only one 'eBid Forum'

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    Default Re: Forum not Forums

    There are quite a few different specialized forums. We can pick a single forum by topic. In my opinion, the plural form is proper.

    Of course, in the U.S., we may use plurals differently.

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    Well... if we are going to be properly picky, the plural of forum is fora
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    Quote Originally Posted by madelaine View Post
    Well... if we are going to be properly picky, the plural of forum is fora
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    The plural in latin is indeed fora.
    When a word is adopted into English, however, it usually follows english rules, so the plural of octopus is not octopedes, but octopuses
    "Usually" means fora is used once for every 10 uses of forums, and the main use of fora is in technical and classical circles, or where latin might be in use for nomenclature.
    Not all latin words adopted into English follow english rules. Memoranda is more common than memorandums - might be some influence from a mostly classically trained British Civil Service there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by billsstamps View Post
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    The plural in latin is indeed fora.
    When a word is adopted into English, however, it usually follows english rules, so the plural of octopus is not octopedes, but octopuses
    "Usually" means fora is used once for every 10 uses of forums, and the main use of fora is in technical and classical circles, or where latin might be in use for nomenclature.
    Not all latin words adopted into English follow english rules. Memoranda is more common than memorandums - might be some influence from a mostly classically trained British Civil Service there!
    I was wearing my pedantry hat!

    My father was being taught about the pendulum. He and his classmates did the experiments. The teacher came and asked them," have you finished with your pendula?" and received the reply, "Yes, and we are sitting on our ba doing our sa"
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    Vintage & Modern Postcards
    BK Stamps for my Philatelic listings
    and Yarnalong for craft patterns and some materials
    not to mention
    Lotzabitz -anything that doesn't belong in one of the other shops.

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