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 Post subject: Tooth or Teeth?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 11:30 am 
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Since tooth is singular for teeth then why is a toothbrush not called a teeth brush? Unless a person was down to a single tooth in his or her headball then they would brush their teeth with a teethbrush. :mrgreen:

Cutting teeth?

She has a toothy smile?

She has a teethy smile?

He has a cheesey smile?

He has green teeth!

He keeps his teeth in a jar.

His teeth are crooked!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2003 10:54 am 
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I Guess the Funda the Toothbrush companies follow in with the name is that their product aims at cleaning each tooth and as a whole teeth's.So they named their product as Toothbrush. 8)
Note:If not enough then only the tooth brush company can help you :wink:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2003 2:20 pm 
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The wonderful flexibility of English permits a noun to modify a noun--something that isn't allowed in many other languages. In America we almost always use a singular noun, even when logic suggests a plural (Brake Service, Fire Department, Cigarette Machine, Dead Letter Office, etc.). In England they sometimes use a plural (e.g., Complaints Department).

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