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adroit



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What is the plural for syntax? is it synticies? Confused

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Post 18 Jun 2010, 23:08
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syntaxes?
Post 18 Jun 2010, 23:09
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I think the %ix->%ices rule is just that, only for *ix.
Post 19 Jun 2010, 00:35
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fax -> faxes
fix -> fixes
fox -> foxes

but
vertex -> vertices
and
fux -> makes love Laughing
Post 19 Jun 2010, 03:07
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"fux -> makes love"

Lol

I got (thank God for Google chrome, it has a spell-checker): it's syntaxes. Simple, huh? Cool
Post 19 Jun 2010, 03:47
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It is an uncountable noun so it is always syntax.

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Post 19 Jun 2010, 05:31
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fux == mayx 1ove.
sux == puts a vuvuze1a in her/his mouth.
stinx == duhz a how1er 1ike Robert Green.
yix == woot

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Post 19 Jun 2010, 20:54
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Wanna loop the loop huh?

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/syntax

syntax noun
/ˈsɪn.tæks/ [U]
specialized
the grammatical arrangement of words in a sentence
syntactic adjective
/sɪnˈtæk.tɪk/
syntactically adverb
/sɪnˈtæk.tɪ.kli/

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/topics/grammatical-terms/definition-of-uncountable

uncountable adjective
/ʌnˈkaʊn.tə.bl ̩/
/-t ̬ə-/
specialized
An uncountable noun is not used with 'a' or 'an' and cannot be made plural.
Words like 'electricity', 'blood' and 'happiness' are uncountable - you cannot say 'two electricities', 'a lot of bloods' or 'many happinesses' - and they are marked [U] in this dictionary.

http://dictionary.cambridge.org > http://en.wiktionary.org

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Post 19 Jun 2010, 23:44
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Syntax is not uncountable in English, and not in Swedish.

Wiktionary wrote:
Usage notes

The joke plural syntices occasionally occurs in blogs (by false analogy with matrix etc.)

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Post 20 Jun 2010, 02:43
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Countable when applied to computer languages
Wiktionary wrote:
(computing, countable) The formal rules of formulating the statements of a computer language.

After all, fasm syntax != masm syntax, there must be more than one
Post 20 Jun 2010, 03:24
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adroit



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Nice, so I guess its going to be "syntaxes", but "syntax" (uncountable) can still be considered outside of cyberspace. Smile

English sure is a strange language.
ium for ia
cies for ix
cies for ex
ai for us
axes for ax

Couldn't they just have left the ending for words to just 'es' for 'e'. Laughing
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ass0 wrote:
fux == mayx 1ove.
sux == puts a vuvuze1a in her/his mouth.
stinx == duhz a how1er 1ike Robert Green.
yix == woot

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MHajduk



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MeshNix wrote:
English sure is a strange language.
ium for ia
cies for ix
cies for ex
ai for us
axes for ax

Couldn't they just have left the ending for words to just 'es' for 'e'. Laughing

English is so strange because, in fact, should be considered mixed language. Sure, it's mainly classified as West Germanic language (as a descendant of the Anglo-Saxon) but with strong Celtic, Latin and Romance influences (thanks to William the Conqueror and Normans Wink).

Suffixes mentioned above are generally of Latin/Romance origin and all those irregularities become more understandable if we know that in Latin letter 'x' was an abbreviation for the sequences of two sounds 'gs' or 'ks'. Hence in Latin we have word "lex" (pronounced "legs"; "law" in English) and its genitive "legis", "rex" (pronounced "regs"; "king" in English) and its genitive "regis".

For your interest, I can tell you that there exists Anglo-Saxon (Englisc) version of the Wikipedia: http://ang.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hēafodsīde Wink

Short article about Poland written in Englisc: http://ang.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polaland Very Happy
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