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What is the plural of "genre"?

 
 
Reply Thu 19 Aug, 2004 09:18 am
What's the plural of the word, "genre"?

BTW, HBDDA2K! HOAY?
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Piffka
 
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Reply Thu 19 Aug, 2004 09:23 am
genres
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 19 Aug, 2004 09:24 am

just what you thought it was: genres
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GeneralTsao
 
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Reply Thu 19 Aug, 2004 09:39 am
OK. I thought maybe it was one of those weird ones. "Genre" being both singular and plural, or "genrae" being the plural.

But it seems that I am the weird one. Smile

Genrae Tsae
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fortune
 
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Reply Thu 19 Aug, 2004 08:18 pm
Generally it is words taken directly from Latin which have the 'ae' plural ending. Genre is taken from the French adaptation of the Latin word 'genus', thus we just add a nice easy 's' to the end.
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Vivien
 
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Reply Tue 24 Aug, 2004 01:42 pm
and as it is French the pronunciation of singular and plural is the same as the 's' is silent
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GeneralTsao
 
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Reply Tue 24 Aug, 2004 04:19 pm
Vivien wrote:
and as it is French the pronunciation of singular and plural is the same as the 's' is silent


Oh, now that's interesting! I originally posted this thread because I thought "genres" (audible "s") sounded incorrect. However, being uneducated, I had no grounds for definatively stating why it was incorrect.

So, thanks! Smile

General Tsao
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Tue 24 Aug, 2004 04:26 pm
Vivien is correct re the silent 's' but you won't be laughed out of the room if you speak it, General. As is the case with many French words we've adopted into English, the pronunciation is often approximate, at best...
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CarOlineHart
 
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Reply Thu 11 Oct, 2012 09:33 pm
Thanks - love the humour in some of the replies!
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