Heroes, potatoes, pimentos, zeroes and zeros
June 29, 2018 6:18pm CST
These words, ending in"os" or "oes" help make the English language complicated for people to learn as a second language. It is odd to me and sort of nonsensical for the words "tomato" and "potato" to end in "oes" if there is more than one of them. Even a wino, if there are two become "winoes." The word pimento simply adds an s if there are two or more, same with avocados. Don't forget those "mementos" we like to take home either. But is you see "commandos" coming, better hide. Zero is a great one too. If you are speaking numerically, two of them are "zeroes" but if your friend has a problem, he "zeros" in on the solution. English is the only language I know. I would hate to try to learn it though. I wonder if other languages have so many inconsistencies?
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• Peoria, Arizona
I never actually realized this. Especially about zero. It was one of those things I just knew instead of actually learned in school. Why is this something we are not taught! My grammar would probably be better if elementary school cared about these things.
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• United States
They say that English is one of the most difficult ones to learn. I don't know if that is just the writing aspect, though. I took 5 years of French from grade 8-12 and loved it. It wasn't practical but I loved it. I wish my parents made me take Spanish instead. I often think of doing the Rosetta Stone program to learn Spanish.
• United States
@JamesHxstatic I agree. My parents just let me do my thing. My sister-in-law and brother-in-law let my nephew learn German. Like, what the hell? WHY? How would that EVER be useful in today's society in the USA unless you are planning to become a Neo-Nazi?
@JamesHxstatic I also studied French in High and when I came to Israel to check it out the year before I came to live here a tour I followed the guide spoke in French and other languages but I understood him in French. I would not remember most of it anymore.
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
I heard that the other complicated language besides ours is Mandarin with just as much oddities as we have. I'm glad I don't have to learn English too. It's complicated enough for those of us who write it. Now there's a word you really need to get right.