https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alexithymic

reindeer plural error

there are 8 reindeer, not reindeers

December 20, 2013

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/georgia94

^Yes! Also, one of the questions corrects "il y a huit rennes" to "there are eight reindeers", yet corrects "les rennes volent" to "the reindeer fly."

December 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/buffalump21

Yeah, it's a bit like "fish" or "fishes" both are acceptable though without "S" sounds more formal. In fact "fishes" can sound quite childish.

December 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Timberhawk

However, "fishes" is often used to indicate different types of fish, e.g., a book about fishes would indicate it covers different varieties. This is akin to the different plurals in English for "antenna": "antennae" for biology and "antennas" for engineering. This brings up a good question of whether French has any sorts of plurals that differ based on what the word represents.

Joyeux Noël et merci pour tous les poissons !

December 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Youbee

http://www.wordreference.com/definition/reindeer. This dictionary gives either plural as acceptable?

December 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ssokolow

Yet I can't find any information on why or where it's used and it feels quite wrong to me.

I'm Canadian, so it could be more of a Euro-asian thing (I hadn't even realized our caribou were a reindeer subspecies) but it's also quite possible that it's an archaic use that just hasn't yet been marked as such in the dictionaries.

December 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fareshteh

Reindeers is just not an acceptable word yet to appease this dictionary one is forced to type it out. Ha!

December 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Schatzie

"Reindeers" is not correct English. Period.

January 3, 2014
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