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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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pluralplu‧ral1 /ˈplʊərəl $ ˈplʊr-/ ●●● noun [countable]  SLGa form of a word that shows you are talking about more than one thing, person etc. For example, ‘dogs’ is the plural of ‘dog’ opp singularin the plural ‘Sheep’ remains the same in the plural.plural of What’s the plural of ‘mouse’?
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pluralBut their swagger is expressed in the first-person plural, and their luster is vulnerable, always demanding fresh polish.Professor I.. Cantor, although he used the first person plural in his talk, did not thank any collaborators.The term transnational capitalist class is used interchangeably in the singular and the plural.In the twentieth century, in fact, the plural of the word predominates, and is closest to our personal experience.For example under the headword child is the information that the plural is children rather than childs.The plural is important here for there can be no single or homogeneous strategy against racism because racism itself is never homogeneous.in the pluralOne is saying something about men in the plural, but no specific group of men is intended either.
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pluralplural2 ●●● adjective  1 SLGa plural word or form shows you are talking about more than one thing, person etc. For example, ‘we’ is a plural pronoun. opp singular2 formalDIFFERENTLOT/LARGE NUMBER OR AMOUNT a plural society, system, or culture is one with people from many different religions, races etc Britain has developed into a plural society.
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pluralThe words hawa and its plural alma occur some thirty times in the Koran as the negative pole of the ideal city.The council will be set up at the start of March and will be plural and representative, he said.I think that the 80s were beneficial in that they produced plural arts funding."Have" is the plural form of "has."the plural makeup of the United Statesa plural pronounIf they do not map in this way, then plural reference with the atomic individuals is not possible.Rather, it is an examination of constraints which militate for or against plural reference.The letter $ is introduced in the second volume as a plural suffix to graphic symbols.
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