If I want to order more than one piece. Do I say "3piece of something" or " 3pieces of something"? I saw that some people use 'pieces' but some people didn't use it. Just used 'piece' without the plural. which one is correct ?

  • Can you give an example? As far as I know, piece is a perfectly ordinary count noun, which always takes the plural with a number above 1. – Colin Fine Apr 16 '19 at 23:03
  • They were wearing two-piece suits, and sitting on a three-piece suite, counting their pieces-of-eight. – Weather Vane Apr 16 '19 at 23:13
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    I lost 3 pieces from my 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle. – The Photon Apr 17 '19 at 2:06
  • If I order some food, like chicken wing. – elin Apr 17 '19 at 16:15

If the context is:

I bought 3 piece(s) of something.

then "piece" is used in its most ordinary form. That is why it should be in plural form, to match "3".

However, there are special uses, where the rule is different:

I bought a 2-piece set

I wear a 3-piece suit.

Here, "piece" is not a stand-alone word, but a fragment of the expression "N-piece (something)".

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