Go Back   AnandTech Forums > Social > Off Topic

Forums
· Hardware and Technology
· CPUs and Overclocking
· Motherboards
· Video Cards and Graphics
· Memory and Storage
· Power Supplies
· Cases & Cooling
· SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs
· Networking
· Peripherals
· General Hardware
· Highly Technical
· Computer Help
· Home Theater PCs
· Consumer Electronics
· Digital and Video Cameras
· Mobile Devices & Gadgets
· Audio/Video & Home Theater
· Software
· Software for Windows
· All Things Apple
· *nix Software
· Operating Systems
· Programming
· PC Gaming
· Console Gaming
· Distributed Computing
· Security
· Social
· Off Topic
· Politics and News
· Discussion Club
· Love and Relationships
· The Garage
· Health and Fitness
· Home and Garden
· Merchandise and Shopping
· For Sale/Trade
· Hot Deals with Free Stuff/Contests
· Black Friday 2014
· Forum Issues
· Technical Forum Issues
· Personal Forum Issues
· Suggestion Box
· Moderator Resources
· Moderator Discussions
   

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-17-2002, 01:21 PM   #1
hoihtah
Diamond Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Posts: 5,182
Default plural of makeup is? makeup or makeups?

is there a such animal in english language as makeups?

can there ever be a case where the word makeups can be used grammatically correct?

please settle this dispute.

my personal view on this is... the word makeup or make-up is a singular and plural at the same time.
however when you are dealing with different entities of makeup, you can say makeups.

for example..., the world people is a plural form of person.
however, when you are talking about different groups of people, you can say peoples.

any english scholars here?
__________________
carpe diem
hoihtah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2002, 01:23 PM   #2
teckmaster
Golden Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Posts: 1,256
Default

isn't makeup an adjective. So it describes something. One example that I can think of is makeup tests.
teckmaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2002, 01:26 PM   #3
TuffGirl
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Posts: 2,797
Default

I believe the plural is makeup, just like the plural of deer is deer. Like if I'm buying multiple quantities of cosmetics, I'm buying makeup not makeups.
__________________
formerly known as klee58
TuffGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2002, 01:31 PM   #4
Electric Amish
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Sklarboro Country
Posts: 23,582
Default

Are you talking about "Makeup" in reference to cosmetics, or Makeup in reference to composition?

In reference to cosmetics it's both singular and plural.

In reference to composition I think it's always singular and the word that it is associated with takes on the plural.

e.g. The group's makeup....

amish

Electric Amish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2002, 01:39 PM   #5
hoihtah
Diamond Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Posts: 5,182
Default

makeup as in cosmetics...

i understand that the term in itself is plural and singular..

but what if there were groups of different makeup(plural).

woudl you still say makeup or can the word makeups be used there?


am i pulling this out of my arse?
__________________
carpe diem
hoihtah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2002, 01:46 PM   #6
Electric Amish
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Sklarboro Country
Posts: 23,582
Default

I think you'd still use makeup because the word groups is plural.


I believe the following sentence is correct.


There is a group of makeup on the table.

One singular group comprised of makeup.

I'm not an English scholar, I just play one on the 'net.

amish
Electric Amish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2002, 05:33 PM   #7
C'DaleRider
Diamond Member
 
C'DaleRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Posts: 3,048
Default

Makeup, a noun, is both singular and plural in meaning..........there is no word "makeups."

When we speak of makeup as cosmetics, we don't see a "bunch of makeups on the table", we see "a bunch of brands of makeup on the table", or a "bunch of kinds of makeup", such as lipstick, blush, mascara, etc.

C'DaleRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2002, 05:39 PM   #8
Turin39789
Lifer
 
Turin39789's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Posts: 12,213
Default

I have lots of makeup

Several types of makeup

I just bought orange and shi7 colored makeup

Look at all the different kinds of makeup Tom has
__________________
Harvey -
And Whos's Watching Over Who's Watching Over You?
Tell me, who's telling who's telling you what to do what to do?

"Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity." –Lord Acton
Turin39789 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2002, 05:41 PM   #9
Alphazero
Golden Member
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 1,057
Default

Makeup, like water, is not a countable noun. You can have a little or a lot of makeup, but not many or few.
Alphazero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2002, 05:53 PM   #10
Alphazero
Golden Member
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 1,057
Default

And by the way, the plural of person is people. There is no grammatical connection between 'world' and 'person.'
Alphazero is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:43 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.