plural of makeup is? makeup or makeups?

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  1. hoihtah

    hoihtah Diamond Member

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    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?
     
  2. teckmaster

    teckmaster Golden Member

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    isn't makeup an adjective. So it describes something. One example that I can think of is makeup tests.
     
  3. TuffGirl

    TuffGirl Platinum Member

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    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.
     
  4. Electric Amish

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    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

     
  5. hoihtah

    hoihtah Diamond Member

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    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?
     
  6. Electric Amish

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    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
     
  7. C'DaleRider

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    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.

     
  8. Turin39789

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    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
     
  9. Alphazero

    Alphazero Golden Member

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    Makeup, like water, is not a countable noun. You can have a little or a lot of makeup, but not many or few.
     
  10. Alphazero

    Alphazero Golden Member

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    And by the way, the plural of person is people. There is no grammatical connection between 'world' and 'person.'