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. :)





asked Jan 10 '13 at 23:02 Tiffany Goskey New member

Thank you. I will take that idea into consideration.

Tiffany GoskeyJan 10 '13 at 23:35

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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

A further thought... The singular motherhood also has a more personal feeling. One motherhood at a time.

Patty TJan 10 '13 at 23:29

Thank you. I will take that idea into consideration.

Tiffany GoskeyJan 10 '13 at 23:40

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'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

Well, I should be more clear. There will be a stork carrying a package that would say 'delivering safe motherhoods'. The project we are promoting is on Safe Motherhood - which includes many components, not just the delivery of babies. But, if it isn't very clear or correct - I am happy to rephrase it. Thanks again for your help.

Tiffany GoskeyJan 11 '13 at 01:58

As you said, "the project we are promoting is on Safe Motherhood." You did not say it was on "Safe Motherhoods."MOTHERHOOD

Tony ProanoJan 11 '13 at 15:33

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