One deer, two deer, a herd of deer. One beer, two beer, a case of beer.
Is beer plural for beer if deer is plural for deer?
"Deer" is the same in singular and plural. "Beer," as a type of drink, is always singular (e.g. "The beer they brew is the best." "There is some beer left in that keg."). However, when we say "beer" and mean "a bottle/can of beer," then this noun takes the normal plural form: 1 beer, 3 beers, 5 beers (I guess that's my limit :).
|link comment||answered Jun 08 '13 at 02:13 Elin Tomov Contributor|
Deer is an exception for plural in English language, but to understand beer, it is a type of drink just like wine or Pepsi, contained in an object, say bottle or glass. So when using the plural form, we can say two beer because the plural form is actually used for the container, say two pints of beer or three bottles of Coke.
|link||answered Jun 08 '13 at 05:25 Anūp Chakravartī New member|
The typical rule is to add an "s" to most nouns to make them plural; as noted above, "deer" is the exception to the rule, which has nothing to do with the spelling of the word.
Unfortunately, this is just one of those parts of language-learning that we simply have to memorize. Similarly, here are a few other singular-to-plural exceptions:
One mouse; two mice
One moose; two moose
One goose; two geese
One hoof; two hooves
One tooth; two teeth
One man; two men
|link comment||answered Jun 10 '13 at 19:08 Katie New member|
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