A Japanese student in an American literature class once expressed
surprise when the singular form "sheet" appeared in a story; because the Japanese
is シーツ, she had thought that the word was used only in the plural in English. It
would be helpful to have a list of such Japanese words that are based
on English plural forms but that in Japanese may be either
singular or plural in meaning. |
Other examples that come to mind are ナッツ, タコス, スーツ, スポーツ, ダーツ, フルーツ, ニーズ, シューズ, and ブーツ.
(December 29, 2002)