Plural of aircraft?

As far as I’m concerned, anyone sitting for specific purposes examinations (just like the ICAO test, which focuses on aviation English), should master some technical terms and jargon from their respective field – after all, such terminology might be nothing if not exhaustively repeated during the test, and you wouldn’t like to drop a clanger every time you make use of language you’re supposed to know well, right?

That’s why I’d like to call your attention to a usual mistake among pilots: the plural of aircraft.  Bear in mind that most English nouns follow the regular plural rules (book-books), alhtough many of them are irregular (knife-knives), whereas some other nouns, like aircraft, spell their singular and plural exactly alike.

That is to say, the plural of aircraft is aircraft. Therefore, you just have to say an aircraft, two aircraft, some aircraft, many aircraft!

Em exames de inglês para propósitos específicos (como o teste ICAO, que é voltado para o inglês de aviação), faz sentido dominar certos vocábulos que são essenciais à área em questão e que podem se repetir inúmeras vezes durante seu teste – afinal, você não vai querer cometer inúmeros erros justamente com eles, não é?

Por isso, hoje quero chamar a atenção para um engano comum entre pilotos, que é o plural de aircraft. Tenha em mente que a maioria dos substantivos do inglês tem plural regular (book-books), mas vários são irregulares (knife-knives) e alguns outros, como aircraft, simplesmente têm a mesma foram para singular e plural.

Ou seja, o plural de aircraft é aircraft – exatamente como fazemos o plural de ônibus em português: um ônibus, dois ônibus, três ônibus. Portanto, diga an aircraft, two aircraft, some aircraft, many aircraft!

About Isabella Ferraro

English examiner, teacher and frustrated ballerina. Geek, gauche, obsessed with books, podcasts and the web. Dedicated professional and blogger, tho. More info below blog's header.
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