What Is Plural Form Of The Word "status" ?

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I have found different opinions on the web. Some say "statuses", some "statii" and some say the plural is the same as the singular form.

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English is full of foreign words, and some have become more native than others, so it's impossible to have a hard and fast rule.

I probably see "stadia" and "stadiums" in roughly equal proportions, along with other pairs such as indices/indexes, appendices/appendixes, cacti/cactuses.

Other imports are relatively fixed: I don't think I've ever encountered "agendum", and I've never been told "the spagetti are very good" or asked for a "Martinus" in a pub when I only wanted one Martini.

To answer your question, although you will occasionally find the word "statii", I find it is usually used in jest, and I don't think "status" as a plural is much more common; most of the time, most people use and accept "statuses" as the plural.

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I would go for statuses.

Indexes and indices are two different things.

Indices are entries in an index. Indexes means more than one index.

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I'm wondering if the plural exists, or if it makes sense in light of the word's meaning?

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Posted · Report post

Thank you - "statuses" sounds right to me as well.

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I'm wondering if the plural exists, or if it makes sense in light of the word's meaning?

There are occasions when the plural certainly isn't appropriate as in the question:

"What is the status of these projects?" where each may have a different status.

However when talking about the collection of values that may be given to status these are collectively statuses as in:

"A project may be assigned one of the following statuses"

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Wanted to get it right for the following sentence

Show all statuses...

Or

Show all statii...

Or

Show all status...

"statuses" sounds right to me.

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Indexes and indices are two different things. Indices are entries in an index. Indexes means more than one index.

I agree, but a sizeable minority seem not to.

Wanted to get it right for the following sentence

Show all statuses...

Or

Show all statii...

Or

Show all status...

"statuses" sounds right to me.

I think you have made the right choice.

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