endingsOfPlurals.xls
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No of returns (total
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100M words) 7500
Letter ending
As percentage
Examples and comments
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of plural noun
of -s ending
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a94760.19%Criteria, impedimenta
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b5neg.Rules of thumb
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c16neg.Culs de sac
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d42neg,Benefits in kind
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e345470.69%
Geese, sequelae (search reached 23 after 96% of total
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f37neg.Chiefs of staff
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g37neg,Ladies in waiting
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h45870.09%teeth, dots-per-inch
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i1328172.66%
foci, radii (skewed sample: most common 3 [tot 2000+]
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were PYLORI STIMULI and NUCLEI)
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j00
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k1930.00%folk
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l3279neg.children-in-peril
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m29neg,seraphim, peaches-and-cream
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n1367112.73%men, children
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o27neg.tablets-to etc ??? - mistakes?
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p3370.01%
Mostly derivatives of phrasal verbs ending "-up" eg "washers up"
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r1030.00%men-o'-war
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s5000000
Estimate: 4.5M when search down to 27-hit words (with
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final e, for example, 23-hit words reached after 96% of all hits)
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133740.27%feet
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u580.00%Ainu (people)
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v00
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w00
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x8090.02%tableaux
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y15590.03%passers-by
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z1070.00%services-to-jazz, boyz
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Total (excluding -s)
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338150
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Sub-totals
As percentage
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Standard s ending
5000000
of -s ending
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Mostly irreg. English
1568642.87%
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Mostly Latin; some Greek
1328172.66%
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Mostly Latin and irreg, English
345470.69%
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Mostly Latin + Greek
94760.19%
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(mostly with a hidden s ending)
3610irrel.
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Mostly French8090.02%
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One-offs & dubious
192neg,
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