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Is the use of definite article necessary in the below sentence?

How would you say the word man in (the) plural form.

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    You've got a typo, it's "plural" – RubioRic Feb 11 at 10:40
  • You would say: What is the plural of the word man? If you want to be simple. – Lambie Mar 13 at 19:07
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You can say either "in the plural form" or "in plural form".

However "in the plural form" is more idiomatic and common.

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A countable noun has two forms, singular or plural.

Above example shows how form in cases like singular form or plural form is countable.

Similarly, form in your example is used as singular-countable;

How would you say the word man in (the) plural form.

A singular-countable noun is never used without a article or any other determiner. for more

Therefore, you cannot omit the in your sentence and should include it or replace with any other determiner or a pronoun as follows;

  1. How would you say the word man in the plural form.
  2. How would you say the word man in its plural form.

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