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Software is Plural

A short piece of advice for everyone, client and consultant.

"Softwares” is not a word.  Software is a mass noun and, therefore, always takes a singular verb (“The software is installed” vs. “The software are installed” and never, ever “The softwares are installed”).  It serves as both a singular and plural depending on context.

When you say “softwares”, you look ignorant.  Stop using it.

Categories: General Comments
  1. September 1, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Thank you for bringing this up. I thought I was the only one. I cringe everytime I hear it.

  2. Brian Donohue
    September 15, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Dwight – Let’s toss “Internets” into the same category. Great blogs by you and Curtis, looking forward to more.

  3. andy m
    January 2, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Thanks for clarifying this!

  1. September 1, 2009 at 11:07 am

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