Can I compare nouns with contrasting numbers.

Assume I'm in a furniture shop:

These cabinets are like the guy from yesterday.

Or should I always tie the numbers? So I should just pick one cabinet to compare with the guy.

My girlfriend is like these mystery doors. Oh, they're not mystery doors? That's okay she doesn't exist either.

Again, is it okay to compare nouns that differ in number?

These sofas are like me.

Assume the sofas have different design and comparing them to me describes my moods. For informal use, should I put "s" after "me" to make it plural. If I have to, should I put "-"? Mes or me-s?

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I don't think there's anything wrong with the comparisons you've provided, although they sound rather idiosyncratic and jocular, but this may be what you're going for.

It might be better to indicate one of the cabinets or sofas and say "this cabinet" or "this sofa", but if you think that would just lead to irrelevant questions about which sofa, I think you can say "these cabinets" or "these sofas".

I would avoid pluralising "me", even in the most informal or jocular contexts. The only time this might be appropriate would be if you were talking about a situation where you had been cloned. We never use a hyphen to pluralise (so it wouldn't be "me-s"). Traditionally the apostrophe is used when pluralising names of letters, digits and certain words that are rarely pluralised ("a's", "3's", "do's and don'ts"). However, because the apostrophe is wrongly used by some people in pluralising ordinary nouns (*"potato's"), it now gets drummed into people at school that using the apostrophe to pluralise a word is "always" wrong. This has resulted in the traditional use of the apostrophe (in plurals such as "3's") becoming stigmatised. Consequently, people tend to avoid it even in those cases (and write "as" or " 'a's ", "3s", "dos", etc). Most people therefore would probably favour "mes" as the plural.

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    All the WORDS you said are like A MAGNIFYING GLASS that makes everything clearer. So, does that sound fine to you? Are you an English speaker? Do native speakers sometimes speak like this too? And am I breaking any grammatical rules?
    – Xyenz
    Sep 17, 2017 at 13:46
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    Yes, that sounds fine. Yes, I'm a native speaker of English. You're not breaking any grammatical rules, but some of these comparisons seem a little strange at first - it's possible someone will be a bit puzzled or give you a funny look until you explain the similarity (which you only did for the mystery doors example). It is possible that a native speaker might make some funny comparisons, though I am not sure it's common.
    – rjpond
    Sep 17, 2017 at 18:56

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