Can I write - motherhoods?
Hi, I am preparing some promotional materials with the statement " From Canada to Africa delivering safe motherhoods ". Grammarly states that motherhoods is incorrectly spelled but MS Word accepts it. Also, MS Word provides similiar words in thesaurus. Please help. :)
My dictionary doesn't list a plural form of motherhood, but indeed MS Word does accept it. For this word, I would definitely stick with no “s” on the end.
That said, I’ll put on my marketing degree hat for a moment if you don't mind. Even without trying to make it plural, the slogan just doesn’t sound quite right. I’m guessing that the service being provided has to do with childbirth. From a marketing standpoint, I would emphasize the differentiator (safe) by putting it first. Anybody can go into labor, but you help them do it safely.
From Canada to Africa, safely delivering motherhood.
Hope that helps.
|link||answered Jan 10 '13 at 23:31 Patty T Grammarly Fellow|
'Motherhood' is always an uncountable/non-count noun and, no matter what Microsoft might think, it is a mistake to use it in a plural form.
I would go further and say that 'motherhood' cannot be 'delivered'. Only babies can be delivered. The noun motherhood means 'the state of being a mother', or 'maternity'. Your marketing slogan needs a major rethink, methinks.
I really like Patty's suggestions, and if you get rid or or replace the verb 'deliver' and incorporate her ideas you'll be in good shape. Good luck!
|link||answered Jan 11 '13 at 01:26 Shawn Mooney Expert|
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