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    chicken - chickens

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    leo: Substantiv, Plural: chicken
    but then there are many entries and proverbs where chickens is used
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    I am a little bit confused now if chicken or chickens is the regular plural.
    Maybe it is used differently in fixed phrases?
    AuthorSmiley15 Feb 11, 11:13
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    Chickens is the plural if you are talking about the living birds, or whole raw, cooked, roasted, etc. birds. Chicken is used if you are talking about the meat.
    #1Author the kat (387522) 15 Feb 11, 11:23
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    Der Plural "chickens" bezieht sich meist auf "chicken = Feigling, Schlappschwanz".
    "chicken" ohne Plural ist ein mass noun und bezieht sich auf Hühnchen(fleisch).
    #2Author MiMo (236780) 15 Feb 11, 11:24
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    MiMo, so "a flock of chickens" is a group of cowards? And not counting your chickens means not keeping track of how many timid people you know? I think not. The plural of chicken is chickens.
    #3Author the kat (387522) 15 Feb 11, 11:27
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    thanks kat,
    that quickly solved my problem ;)
    #4AuthorSmiley15 Feb 11, 11:35
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    @the kat:

    Bitte genau lesen: Ich schrieb: "...bezieht sich meist...", nicht "...immer..."!

    Und "chicken" als mass noun hat keinen Plural.
    #5Author MiMo (236780) 15 Feb 11, 11:39
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    But even "meist" is completely untrue. The plural of chicken the bird is simply chickens. That's all there is to it. Chicken the meat doesn't have a plural, just like beef, or pork. You can say 2 servings of chicken (or beef or pork), or 3 pounds of chicken, but if you say 3 chickens, it's 3 whole birds, dead or alive.
    #6Author the kat (387522) 15 Feb 11, 11:43
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    leo: Substantiv, Plural: chicken

    Wo soll denn das bei LEO stehen? Den Zusatz Plural: chicken finde ich nirgendwo, und er würde mich auch extrem verwirren. Wir hatten diese Diskussion vor längerer Zeit schon mal, wobei einige LEOniden beim Grab ihres Goldhamsters schworen, den falschen Plural "chicken" in der Schule gelernt zu haben. Beweisen (z. B. anhand eines Schulbuchauszugs) konnte das allerdings niemand.
    #7Author dirk (236321) 15 Feb 11, 12:56
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    The plural of "chicken" is "chickens" (only).

    When it means chicken-meat, it is uncountable and has no plural.
    #8Author escoville (237761) 15 Feb 11, 13:01
     
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