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My reading shows that the plural form of the word genital is genitals.

However, I also find some users use the word genitals and genital interchangeably to represent the singular form of the word.

The word genital was used in the following excerpt:

The court heard that Turner carried out a series of incidents between April and September of 2016 - all of exposure - which led to him being handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order [SHPO] - banning him from exposing his genital in public, which he again breached, causing him to appear before the court.

The word genitals was used in the following excerpt:

Accused stalker, 21, is charged after 'exposing his genitals to a woman' when she stopped to pat his dog

According to the native English speaker, does the word genitals represent singular form of the word genital?

Example:

The accused unfastened his towel, exposing his genital/genitals.

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    The first story has an error. The man was "handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order [SHPO] - banning him from exposing his genital in public". This should be 'genitals'. The second story uses 'genitals' correctly. Jan 2, 2022 at 15:48
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    Better to copy and paste the text you are interested in, than just a link. Jan 2, 2022 at 15:50
  • Incorrect use of 'excerpt'. Jan 2, 2022 at 15:51
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    I’m voting to close this question because it is predicated on a typographical error. OP already knows (as mentioned in the question) that the proper form of the word is genitals.
    – randomhead
    Jan 2, 2022 at 16:24
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    The OP doesn't know that. They say "My reading shows the plural form of genital is genitals". They don't know the proper form of the word is genitals - that is their question!
    – James K
    Jan 2, 2022 at 16:32

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"Genitals" is a noun that is always used in the plural form (if you have seen examples where "genital" is used as a singular noun, it is a typo or an error.

There are other nouns that are always plural: "clothes", "earnings", "congratulations", "gallows" as well as the paired items "trousers", "scissors" and so on.

"Genital" can be used as an adjective: meaning "related to the genitals": "Genital area", "genital wart"

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    Sorry, that was also a typo or error!
    – James K
    Jan 2, 2022 at 17:20
  • Thank you james k. i appreciate it. Jan 2, 2022 at 17:30

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