Why is plural form of mouse are mice, but house’s plural form is houses?

I don’t understand these… why? Why does it make difference when original form is almost same? (there’s only just one letter difference, House and Mouse) And I learned that computer’s mouse’s plural form can be both mouses and mice and it’s confusing me so much. Answer There is no "logic" to it. English has irregular … Read more

When to use plural and singular forms in the consequence of words

For example, I have figures. What’s the right form to speak about their colors? Figures colors (I assume it means that I have multiple figures and each of them has a different color) Figure colors (I assume it means that I have single figures painted in different colors) The next example is more complicated. Let’s … Read more

“People have their cars”: In what way are people treated?

Picture 1: People are treated individually? Picture 2: People are treated collectively. Picture 3: People are treated individually? To be specific, what’s the difference between “people each have their cars” and “people have his or her car each”? Are both treated individually? Answer If you want to talk about people individually, the word people isn’t … Read more

Plural and singular nouns: do “A cat is an animal” and “Cats are animals” mean the same thing?

A cat is an animal. Cats are animals. Do the two sentences mean exactly the same thing? If not, what are the differences and how do you use them? Answer A cat is an animal. Cats are animals. The meaning of these two statements is, essentially, the same. Of course, "a cat" is singular, and … Read more

Syllable stress of plural form of begonias

I am currently studying syllable stress. When I look at the word begonia we can split it into 3 syllables with the stress on ‘go’. E.g bih-gohn-yuh. However, the plural form of the word gives me 4 syllables: begonias with the ‘go’ still stressed. I feel like the ‘nia’ should be stressed. What is the … Read more