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    Here's a tricky one, maybe.

    The Ardman animation character Shaun the Sheep, if there are lots of them is it Shaun the Sheep or Shaun the Sheeps?

    Obviously sheep is plural but if Shaun the Sheep is his name would Sheeps be correct?
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    If he's the only one it's Shaun the Sheep, if it belongs to Sean it's Sean the sheep's.

    If there were many with the name Sean the Sheep, then it would still be Sean the Sheep?



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    But in the context of lots of statues of said character?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaz View Post
    Here's a tricky one, maybe.

    The Ardman animation character Shaun the Sheep, if there are lots of them is it Shaun the Sheep or Shaun the Sheeps?

    Obviously sheep is plural but if Shaun the Sheep is his name would Sheeps be correct?
    No, because 'sheeps' is wrong in any context. You would simply state how many 'Shan the Sheep' characters there were.

    For example, as in this sentence: 'There were twenty Shaun the Sheep characters at the fancy-dress party', or whatever... You wouldn't say: 'There were twenty Shaun the Sheeps at the fancy-dress party'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    No, because 'sheeps' is wrong in any context. You would simply state how many 'Shan the Sheep' characters there were.

    For example, as in this sentence: 'There were twenty Shaun the Sheep characters at the fancy-dress party', or whatever... You wouldn't say: 'There were twenty Shaun the Sheeps at the fancy-dress party'.

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    But in spoken, as opposed to written English, one might very well say something like "there were twenty Shaun the Sheeps", though on the other hand one might say "we all went as Shaun the Sheep - all twenty of us". You are right about putting the word "characters" in for clarity, but in spoken English we don't normally do that - do we?
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    I'm not so sure.

    As I said, if it's his name then the plural could properly be Sheeps.
    For example a room full of people called John Smith would be a room full of John Smiths
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaz View Post
    I'm not so sure.

    As I said, if it's his name then the plural could properly be Sheeps.
    For example a room full of people called John Smith would be a room full of John Smiths
    But Smith is not a plural 'per se ', unless it's a job function, but then it's not someone's name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaz View Post
    I'm not so sure.

    As I said, if it's his name then the plural could properly be Sheeps.
    For example a room full of people called John Smith would be a room full of John Smiths
    Following that logic a field full of sheep called Shaun would be a field full of Shauns
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    Good grief, Marco's parties must be a riot with 20 sheep attending.

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