chicken grammer question

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  1. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you help settle a "heated discussion"?
    Can the word chicken be used as a plural? example "how many chicken are you going to get?" or would it be "how many chickens are you going to get?"
    Im arguing that chicken can be plural...example "chicken coop"-you don't keep only one chicken in a coop...or if buying chicken=you dont say"Im going to buy chickens for dinner"?....

    Anyone?
     
  2. Iowa Roo Mom

    Iowa Roo Mom Resistance Is Futile

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    When referring to more than one chicken, the correct term to use is "chickens", i.e. "Save those scraps, we'll give them to the chickens." When in doubt, look at the name of the website "backyardchickens"
     
  3. BairleaFarm

    BairleaFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it can be plural. the examples your using. Talking about live birds its chickens
     
  4. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Then why isn't it "Chickens coop?" Ive been searching the internet and appears there are many others arguing this one out as well.
     
  5. Criskin

    Criskin Lost somewhere in a book

    I agree with Iowa Roo Mom. Good examples for your side but it seems that most dwellings are referred to in the singular even for multiple inhabitants, i.e. a doll house, duck pond or a horse barn.
     
  6. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BaileaFarm=thank you LOL these things bug me! And my better half is thinking this is hilarious and is teasing me unmercifully
     
  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:The same reason you don't have too or more chickens. You have two or more chickens. See English language thread.
     
  8. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Goat shed
    Dog house
    Duck pond
    Bird house
    Pickle jar
    Potato chip bag
    I have no clue why but it seems consistent.
     
  9. Nic&Chickies

    Nic&Chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I don't have a dictionary handy, but I am nearly certain that you do need the "s" to make it plural.

    In chicken coop, "chicken" is used more as an adjective, as a coop of the chicken kind (I know, I know, what other kind is there, but that's beside the point I'm trying to work on here)

    As far as "chicken" as a grocery product, we don't say beefs, or fishes, it's more of a categorical word.

    Trying to explain it --the rules--is frustrating, because I am lucky enough to just naturally know how our English language works, but then, trying to convey it ... I get a little weak (maybe that's part of why I never became an English teacher). It is late, and my usual facility with language has escaped me, so I'll have to subscribe to this thread now, and see if anyone else can explain it better. I hope I helped, and didn't just tick you off or make it more complicated.
     
  10. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im thinking chicken is plural when used as an abstract noun?
     

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