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I realize the plural for aircraft is aircraft, but can aircrafts also be used? I see aircrafts in print.
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No. Aircrafts with an 's' is wrong.
"The word aircraft is a countable noun, but with the same plural form as singular; hence "one aircraft", "two aircraft", etc. However, it is becoming more and more common to hear the incorrect usage "aircrafts" among both non-native speakers of English and those who work in the aviation industry" from Wiftionary (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/aircraft )
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What if they are different types of aircraft? Shouldn't it then be plural, just as one would write "peoples" to signify there are groups of people being counted?
The word People indicates more than one. There was lots of people at the concert. One, would then be a person or individual..There is a person or individual at the front door. Same with this word (Aircraft).There are lots of Aircraft at the airport. Indicates more than one. My dad has an airplane in the back yard meaning one! or you could also say, he has an Airplane or Aircraft. It is how you use the word in a sentence.. Another word, (Moose) Their are lots of Moose in Alaska. indicating more than one. or, Hey! there is a Moose in our back yard. indicating just one Moose. How about the word Mice, the old house has mice. indicates One or more mice. there is a mouse in the house. Indicating just one..
AnonymousWhat if they are different types of aircraft? Shouldn't it then be plural,
No
Anonymousust as one would write "peoples" to signify there are groups of people being counted?
We don't use 'peoples' for simply groups of people. 'People' is used countably only when we are talking of all the people who live in a particular country or region, or belong to a tribe or distinct ethnic type
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There are certainly different types of aircraft. You have airplanes, blimps, drones, etc. and you always add an "s" to the plural when a particular type is the object of the sentence.
"Aircraft" is a collective noun. There is no difference in the spelling of a collective noun whether you are referring to one or more than one. Remember, it's "aircraft carrier" and not "aircrafts carrier".
(If you've noticed, spell checkers always flag "aircrafts".)
What about possesive? That is the aircrafts light. Or that is the aircrafts window. I know a person could say it in a different way too. That light belongs to the aircraft. Or thats the window to the aircraft. Bit saying aircrafts shortens the sentences....

Then you need to use an apostrophe.

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