Make Your Editor Cry: Analysis (Awkward Plural)

Make Your Editor Cry:  Analysis (Awkward Plural)

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The plural of analysis is analyses.

analysis: a detailed examination of anything complex in order to understand its nature or to determine its essential features: a thorough study

The singular of analysis is analysis. The plural of analysis is analyses. Note that the -i in the singular is transformed into an -e in the plural form of the word.

This is because the English word comes from Medieval Latin, and so it follows the standard Latin rules for plurals. That’s a fun fact because the Latin word was itself borrowed from Greek análysis meaning “loosing, releasing, breaking something down into its elements, solution of a problem,” which came from the Greek root analýein meaning “to loosen, undo, dissolve, resolve into constituent elements.”

All that to say, the noun analysis has a Greek root, which is the derivation of the plural analyses. There is no alternative English plural form.

Examples:

Regression analysis was used to predict the outcome.
He compiled the history and performed an analysis of the writings of all the ecclesiastical writers of the first thirteen centuries.
Meta-analyses are now a hallmark of evidence-based medicine.
The findings from all these analyses are important.

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