Plurality or plural is a concept of quantity representing a value of more-than-one.

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Why “buenas noches” when it's only one night?

Why are buenas noches and buenas tardes said when they refer to only one night/afternoon? ¿Por qué se dice "buenas noches" y "buenas tardes" cuando solo se refieren solo a una noche o tarde?
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Plural form of compound words

The plural form of compound words in Spanish is not an easy matter. If the compound word already has its final element in plural form, then the plural form is the same as the singular one: for ...
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Are there any nouns with irregular plurals in Spanish?

In English, some nouns have regular plural forms ending in -s or -es and fewer are irregular. Fish in the plural is still fish while child becomes children. In Spanish, nearly all nouns are regular, ...
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How to pluralize “sexy”?

The anglicism sexy is accepted in Spanish, as you know. When it's an adjective, how is its plural supposed to be build? X persona tiene ojos sexy(s). I'm slightly inclined to think that it ...
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What's the plural of “suéter”?

What's the plural of "suéter"? In Mexico, most of the times is called "sueters". Is it "sueters" or "suéteres"?
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Usage of plural in collective objects?

Even being a native speaker, I find it hard to know what's the correct way to announce in a sentence a thing that is a collection of other things, specifically in how to arrange adjectives and ...
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¿Si hay muchas personas que se llaman Jesús juntas, cómo debo designarlas?

Eran varios Jesús a la vez Eran varios Jesúes [Jesuses (!) ] a la vez Me parece que no es como Paco o Pepe. Muchos Pacos; muchos Pepes. Aún que Pepe sea el padre de Jesús, no creo que sea lo ...
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Plurals of loan words

Are there any rules for forming the plurals of loanwords? I ask, as I was recently reminded of a sign I saw in an Office Depot in Mexico advertising "mouses". Can this be correct in Spanish, or is ...
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Pluralize words ending in a tonic vowel

I'm a native speaker. I'm pretty sure that the plural of tabú is tabúes, I've seen it used in writing, in the press. For similar reasons that the plural of marroquí is marroquíes. I argued with ...
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¿“Los auriculares” o “el auriculares”?

¿Cuando hablo sobre un par de auriculares en español, cuál es correcto? Los auriculares fueron caro. El auriculares fue caro. ¿Y también, es auriculares la palabra correcta para esta cosa? ...
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What is the plural of 'Cuba Libre' (the beverage)?

For example, how would one say 'More Cuba Libres' in Spanish?
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Matemáticas o Matemática

If I am trying to say: Mathematics is a very interesting subject Which of these would be: Matemáticas son muy interesantes Matemáticas es muy interesante Matemática es muy ...
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¿Se dice “ellos tocan flautas” o “ellos tocan flauta”?

En esta respuesta se puede encontrar el siguiente ejemplo: Vio a una mujer y a un hombre tocando flautas traversas. Mi impresión inicial fue que el plural en flautas era incorrecto, siendo la ...
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Do I use “pelo” or “pelos”?

In German you say "sich die Haare schneiden". You use the plural of hair in this case, on the other hand in English you say "to cut hair", you use the singular. How is it handled in Spanish? "cortar ...
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EEUU vs EU: Han cambiado las reglas de abreviación en los medios periodísticos?

Las reglas de abreviación hasta donde sabía indican que una palabra en plural se abrevia con Doble Inicial. Recursos Humanos: RRHH Estados Unidos: EEUU Como indicado en Spanish abbreviation for the ...
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How does Spanish handle plurals of numbers?

In English, we have: To simulate this situation, we assign 29 1s and 21 0s . This means that we labeling 29 members 1s and 21 members 0s in an experiment. How does Spanish handle plural numbers in ...
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¿Cómo se forma el plural de números escritos con dígitos?

¿Cuál es la forma correcta de pluralizar los números escritos con dígitos? Ejemplo: Me pagan los (días) 15 y 30 (de cada mes). Quisiera saber cómo pluralizar los números, para poder omitir las ...
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How to say plural of abbreviations

I'm wondering how one would say CDs, in Spanish. I know that a single CD would be spelled in Spanish characters (i.e. "ce de"), however, how would several CDs be spelled in Spanish?
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¿Parabén o parabeno?

Hace ya unos años que las compañías de cosmética vienen anunciando la ausencia de productos dañinos o sospechosos en sus fórmulas. Uno de ellos es una serie de productos generalmente sintéticos con un ...
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Plurals of numbers

Is there an easy way to translate the plurals of numbers? Some seem pretty straight forward. For instance two sixes → dos seises. But what about when the number is already plural, or when ...
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Grande vs Gran usage

Los grandes imperios han dominado la humanidad. Why not can't gran replace grandes in the sentence?
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Is “tamal” or “tamale” correct when referring to this food in the singular?

Which is the correct spelling when referring to this food in the singular?
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Plurality of organizations

Spanish beginner here... In one of my LinkedIn groups, a Spanish-speaking gentleman asked if there was any places you could learn to code in Spanish. I answered him "Codecademy tiene un sitio web en ...
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“Leísmo de cortesía” and consistency

I've read about the "leísmo de cortesía" i.e. the use of "le" and "les" as direct object pronouns when referring to a person or group you are addressing formally. Most of my learning resources never ...
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Singular and plural of pants, shorts, jeans, etc

In English, words like pants, shorts, and jeans appear to be in the plural but really refer to one item of clothing (I don't know what the technical term for it is). To be more specific, you can say ...
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Sustantivo “elecciones” y el verbo “haber” (¿conjugación singular o plural?)

Tengo una duda con el sustantivo "elecciones" y el imperfecto de subjuntivo en un ejercicio. El ejercicio dice así: Me alegraba de que __(haber)__ nuevas elecciones. Lo correcto creo que sería ...
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Total vs. Totales

I was just discussing this with a co-worker of mine. He wanted to use the word "totales" and I didn't think that was correct, so I immediately went to RAE to check but RAE didn't mention anything ...
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How do you translate duos to Spanish?

In English the plural of duo is duos. However, I am not sure in Spanish. I looked in the DRAE that is the most famous dictionary in Spanish and I did not find the plural. Then, I am not sure if duos ...