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I had learned that French had invaded England for a certain time and brought their linguistic influence into the English language, which I do see why the English language have a lot of Latin influence as well including some do similarly resemble Spanish and Italian as well.

I also realized in Spanish, when they want to make a word plural, the rule is almost the same as in English where they just add an "S" in it, only when the word ends with a Consonant letter in Spanish, it must be an "es" at the end. In English, they just simply add the "S" in, although there are some exceptions in certain words like Knife/Knives or Wife/Wives or Box/Boxes and only use it when it is a noun or item or place, but yet again depending on the context, which can be confusing for English learners.

The rule is also similar in French as well, which I can see where English got that influence from with adding an "S" to pluralize certain words.

This is just my opinion, but it seems Spanish is more straight forward with certain grammars including pluralizing words like in English. In Spanish, for "The"(AKA, "Article") is El(Masculine) and La(Feminine), but when plural, it is simply Los(m) and Las(f).

However, Italian is too confusing especially with the articles. It is Il(m), La(f), and L(when the next word starts with a vowel, like L'estate). However, when plural, Il becomes I, La becomes Le and L becomes Gli.

When pluralizing words in Italian, you have to totally change the ending of the word and depending on if it is masculine or feminine. It seems French is kind of like that as well with their articles, however I am much less familiar with French than Italian/Spanish, which I am not even a fluent speaker of.

La Porta(The Table) becomes Le Porte in Italian. In Spanish, La Puerta becomes Las Puertas.

Il Mano(The Hand) becomes I Mani in Italian. In Spanish, La Mano becomes Las Manos. I have no idea why Mano is feminine in Spanish, which it does not even end with an A at the end of this word. Now I see where the word manicure comes from. Manifest even comes from this as well as it means to take over and in some way it is like a hand taking control or a hold of things.

Il Doctore(The Doctor) becomes I doctori in Italian. In Spanish, El Doctor becomes Los Doctores.

Il Pollo(The Chicken) becomes I Polli in Italian. In Spanish, El Pollo becomes Los Pollos. Now I know where the word Poultry comes from.

The sentence structures of pluralizing words between Spanish and English are almost identical. Although, the words sound totally different. Whereas, Italian, it is a lot more confusing.

Also, some of the English words are more similar to Spanish than Italian.

Like Plus is Mas in Spanish and Piu in Italian. Plus and Mas do sound alike. Piu and Plus only look similar in terms of the letter P. Although the word Molto in Italian means very or a lot, but it does sound like More in English.

Dollars is Dolares in Spanish, which sound almost alike. Italian it is Dollari.

Buenas Dias and Buon Giorno do sound similar in a way, which they literally mean Good Day. But the word Dia sounds more like English translation to "Day".


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