Funny grammar error from apple. Take Siri seriously!

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  1. xFerrr macrumors member

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    Unless I'm missing something, I believe you're mistaken. I see no grammar errors.
     
  4. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040

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    I believe OP is inferring that "die" is a typo, when "die" is in in fact the singular form of "dice."
     
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    Ah, don't they teach basic grammatical stuff - such as the difference between the singular and the plural form of a word any longer? A small hint: It is not always achieved with the addition of the single letter 's' to the plural form.
     
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    A thread such as this appeals to something deep and atavistic in me. It thrills me at a visceral level. In fact, at one stage in my life, I used to work as an editor in the parliamentary debates office, - and - even before that - I think I could have been described as something of a grammar fascist.
     
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    ...such as, addendum, referendum, honorarium, deer (and so on)

    of course, you meant to the singular form, or to make the plural (editing oversight?)
     
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    Yes, I did indeed. Singular form……..

    Writing on the hoof is never a good idea - and computer screens seem to allow for a multiplication of errors, - at least, when I write, - most of which would be instantly picked up on a printed page.

    While I rarely re-read posts before pressing 'send' - or 'post reply', unfortunately I do seem to re-write them as more thoughts and tweaks occur, and it is only when they are re-read subsequently that something - which was not an error in the original (unrevised) draft, has become so because one (this one) thought (sometimes foolishly) to add to one's post before checking whether everything was in perfect grammatical conformity.

    Foolish at any time; doubly so, when writing about grammar……...
     
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    Can we have an Irony section for threads like this?
     
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    Jawohl, überwortmeister SkeptischSchreiber! Heute korrigieren wir Macrumors. Morgen die Welt!

    ...sorry. Couldn't resist. :p
     
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    Well, I had toyed with the idea of describing myself as a sort of Grammar Nazi, but refrained from doing so, before settling on the term 'fascist' as adequate for my immediate needs. Somehow, the idea of a Grammar Communist doesn't quite convey the same idea, does it?
     
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    No, it doesn't. A Grammar Communist would attempt to speak a collectivist lingo that, while not necessarily correct, is the will of the people. That's something I could like totes see you throwing shade on, amirite?

    So I guess Grammar Fascist is a good compromise between being a Grammar Communist, and a Grammar Nazi.
     
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    The English language has too many rules for plurals.:mad: Too many rules and exceptions to rules for that matter. It's no wonder non-native speakers find it difficult. Plural of goose is geese; noose is nooses, moose is moose.

    As another grammar nazi friend of mine is fond of saying, "If you don't correct their mistakes, the errorist win."
     
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    Lovely examples.

    The plural of 'ice' is ices, that of 'die' (already discussed) is 'dice', whereas the plural of mouse is mice, yet the plural of house is houses….

    Well, I'm still of a mind to declare grammatical war on the 'errorist'.
     
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    As noted, "die" is correct, although relatively uncommon (at least over here). This one amused me though (look at the battery meter).
     
  16. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    This one is to die for...
     
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    Just wait until you try to pluralize nouns in Arabic.;)
     

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