What Is The Plural Form Of The Word Cheese?


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Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

While Anonymous has anonymously thrown his hat into the ring, his opinion, unsubstantiated by even his/her name, smells a bit cheesy.

Just to be sure I consulted both Fowler's Modern English Usage and Penguin Working Words but it's so obvious that neither of those standard works gave a reference. The plural of cheese is cheeses.

It's a very versatile word and can ply an overly-sentimental expression (cheesy) or the object of that thought (cheese and kisses is rhyming slang for Missus) as well as a diversity of great-tasting foodstuffs.

The Big Cheese is a name often given to an employer, or a dominant figure in society and, of course, that name naturally falls on the biggest Cheese of all...

The earliest use of cheeses as a plural can be found in the New Testament which ascribed this name to the deity. Had he been only one God, he'd have been called Cheese, but since he is a tripartite God he was given the plural form and has been known throughout history as Cheeses.


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Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
How did you get sucked into a 6 year old question---lol

I googled "cheese plural" and of course got what you got.

Can't imagine why some say "cheese" is both singular and plural.
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
I didn't realise it was old when I answered it. Joanna Parker found it and answered it and that brought it back to the current screen.
Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
Yeah---I did that once when I first got on here.

Sort of like showing up 2 hours late to the funeral to pay your respects.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
You say " A variety of cheeses" or "different types of cheese" depending on the previous grammar of a sentence.
Joanna Parker Profile
Joanna Parker answered

Saying "Cheeses" is not that accurate in any context. I think the plural would be "Cheese"

Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
No, cheeses is NOT grammatically correct.  Cheese is the plural form of cheese.  While many people use the word cheeses when describing different types of cheese, it is not proper English.

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