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Why are tags for the singular and plural of each noun?

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Same issue with scallop vs. scallops.

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"Why" would be that somebody created one without noticing the other existed. That's unfortunate. We should try to figure out how to detect and prevent those. But right now this can happen and we rely on people noticing.

Moderators can merge tags, so when you see cases like this, please flag a post containing one of them (since you can't flag a tag directly) and someone will take a look. I suggest that for counting nouns we normalize on the plurals; that feels more natural to me, and you're probably cooking more than one clam anyway, right? (This suggestion does not apply to mass nouns, like "seafood" or "curry".)

I have merged [clam] into [clams].

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Peter Taylor‭ wrote about 3 years ago · edited about 3 years ago

https://cooking.codidact.com/posts/279073 suggests that OP isn't necessarily going to be cooking more than one clam. (Although FWIW I agree that plurals are preferable for count noun tags).

Chgg Clou‭ wrote about 3 years ago

Hi Monica. Same issue with scallop vs. scallops. pls merge?

Monica Cellio‭ wrote about 3 years ago

Where do you see singular "scallop" @ChggClou? I'm not finding it in the tag list.

Trilarion‭ wrote about 2 years ago

More singulars which could become plurals: turkey (although one hardly eats more than one), oyster, tomato, pancake, jellyfish, squid, mussel, shrimp, mushroom, crab. No English native, so some of these might be better left unchanged.

Monica Cellio‭ wrote about 2 years ago

Thanks Trilarion‭. I renamed oysters, tomatoes, pancakes, mussels, and mushrooms. The others are often talked about using the singular forms ("we had shrimp" even though you almost certainly had more than one, likewise crab, squid, jellyfish, turkey).