Plural and Derivation of 'Hypotenuse'Date: 5/16/96 at 12:36:4 From: David Thompson Subject: Hypotenuse What's the plural of hypotenuse? Date: 5/16/96 at 17:13:58 From: Doctor Jodi Subject: Re: Hypotenuse I checked a copy of Webster's Dictionary, which lists plurals if they're irregular. Since an irregular plural wasn't listed for hypotenuse, in English, the plural would be hypotenuses. The word hypotenuse comes from Greek, which is a declined language. Nouns in Greek have different "cases" to reflect their role in the sentence in addition to telling whether they refer to one thing or many. So the ancient Greek for hypotenuse would be a family of words (like our verbs), not just one word. Thanks for your question! -Doctor Jodi, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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