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.


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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