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A Japanese student in an American literature class once expressed surprise when the singular form "sheet" appeared in a story; because the Japanese is シーツ, she had thought that the word was used only in the plural in English. It would be helpful to have a list of such Japanese words that are based on English plural forms but that in Japanese may be either singular or plural in meaning.

Other examples that come to mind are ナッツ, タコス, スーツ, スポーツ, ダーツ, フルーツ, ニーズ, シューズ, and ブーツ.

(December 29, 2002)