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Dec 3 2008   12:26PM GMT

BlackBerries or BlackBerrys?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
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BlackBerries or BlackBerrys
Business writing
CIO
Mobile
pluralization
Quiz
Which is correct?
Early ____________ ran on a couple of AA batteries and suffered a lot from lag as a result.
a. BlackBerries
b. BlackBerrys

Answer: b

Because BlackBerry is a proper noun, the plural is not formed the typical way, by changing the y on the end to ies. (This is the rule for people’s names as well: You would say “There are four Cindys in my office” rather than “There are four Cindies in my office.”)

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