Date: Thu, 22 Jan 1998 14:36:05 EST From: Michael Montgomery Subject: A student has raised a question about English grammar that I am not sure I can answer: why does _fiche_, which certainly seems to be a count noun, have a zero plural? That is: one fiche, fifteen fiche, etc. I do not see that the noun is a reduction from a phrase such as "xx page(s) of (micro)fiche." Another student puckishly suggested that _fiche_ so behaves because of its closeness in pronunciation to _fish_. Additions to the language are not supposed to have zero plurals, are they? Michael Montgomery Dept of English Univ of South Carolina Columbia SC 29208