Going hand-in-hand with the capitalization thread, this thread takes a look at how we pluralize the Pokemon names.
Here are a few of the conventions I've personally seen used:
- The Bulbapedia method (the official method, also known as the Japanese method)
- Never change any Pokemon name when making it plural, or the word "Pokemon" itself.
- Example sentence: Zachary had two Clefairy, three Spearow, two Pikachu, four Magnemite, seven Butterfree, and five Vulpix in his box, with spaces for two more Pokemon.
- The Portmanteau method (also known as the Suffix method)
- Add the plural suffix to a name that corresponds to the last portmanteau-ed word or attached suffix.
- Example sentence: Zachary had two Clefairies, three Spearows, two Pikachu, four Magnemites, seven Butterfree, and five Vulpix in his box, with spaces for two more Pokemon.
- Explanation: "Clefairy" has the word "fairy", which is pluralized as "fairies". "Spearow" comes from "sparrow". "Pikachu" is a Japanese word. "Magnemite" has the "-mite" suffix. Butterfree has the word "free", which is never a noun, and Vulpix is an unknown word.
- Words like "Magikarp" and "Corphish", which end in words that are not pluralized in English anyway, stay the same.
- The "S" method (also known as the Lazy method)
- Add the plural suffix "-s" or "-es" to everything that doesn't already have it.
- Example sentence: Zachary has two Clefairys, three Spearows, two Pikachus, four Magnemites, seven Butterfrees, and five Vulpixes in his box, with spaces for two more Pokemons.
- Sometimes people will also use "Clefairies" in this scenario, or leave "Pokemon" alone, turning it into just the Portmanteau method with a few extra "S"es added in.
I'm only typing this up now because I'm suffering from insomnia. You won't usually see me on at this time.
The anime actually uses the Portmanteau method in the first few episodes. In the first one, no less - Ash calls the group of Spearows about to attack them as "Spearows!".
Actually, come to think about it, even Red and Blue use the "S" method.
What method do you use?
To start off the poll, I use the Portmanteau method, personally.